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Swift's Use of Humor in Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver's Travels is a satire that deals with the human condition.

Although social conditions change from year to year, human nature changes very slowly, if at all, and th***** accounts for the applicability of Sw*****t's ***** from 1726 when it was first published until today. The book is still funny because we can still see ourselves behaving like human beings in it; plus, his humor is often earthy and vulgar ***** we respond to it.

In each of the four parts of Gulliver's Travels, Swift ***** w*****h human beings from a different perspective. In the first part Gulliver is a "giant" with an overview of hum***** behavior, society, and laws. We find that ***** loves to play with words and ***** ***** book ***** filled with funny names for people and places. In the second adventure Gulliver is reduced to a tiny "*****nimal" with no status--a child's pet--to look at government as the average "little guy" is affected by it. ***** ***** third ***** Gulliver lives first on an *****l*****d separate from the rest ***** ***** world with intellectuals, thinkers, philosophers, and scientists who think only in the abstract about the great questions of life. From there he goes to a magic island where necromancy is practiced and c*****s up the spirits of the dead who reveal vice and corruption throughout history. Finally, in the fourth part Swift explores the relation ***** human ***** to the rest of the animal kingdom ***** ***** ***** ***** ***** l***** of houyhnhnms where horses are rationa***** beings and Yahoos (***** beings) are inferior animals. As he describes human society to a talking horse, he finds ***** beings to be morally inferior ***** ot*****r animals. In all four *****s of the book Swift uses fantasy ***** humor to critique ***** worst in human ***** and society's institutions. He does this ***** forcing us to see them from an alien or unaccustomed st*****point, and he makes us laugh while we're doing it. What might otherwise be ***** heavy subject matter, the vice and folly of ***** *****ings, becomes ridiculous and ludicrous. What would be a depressing commentary on human life becomes fun and enjoyable reading.

In Part I about the Lilliputians, for example, he has Gulliver begin by telling us a little about his *****tory. At a young age he ***** apprenticed to Master James Bates, a surge***** in London. Swift goes to a lot of trouble working up to the joke. He has ***** refer to his master as Mr. James *****; then, Mr. Bates, my good master; next, Mr. Bates; *****, Mr. Bates my master, and finally as ***** Mater Bates (a pl*****y on masturbates). ********** is *****t a coincidence that he's talking about his marriage as part of the *****: "...being advised to alter my c*****dition I married **********. Mary Burton" (p. 19). His "condition" is, although it is only implied, that of a man with unmet sexual needs.

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