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Swift's Use of Humor in Gulliver's Travels

***** 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 Swift's satire 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 and we respond to it.

In each of the four parts of Gulliver's Travels, Swift ***** with human beings from a different perspective. In ***** first part Gulliver is a "giant" with an overview of human behavior, society, ***** laws. We find that Swift loves to play with words and ***** the ***** is 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. ***** the third ***** Gulliver lives first on an isl***** 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 m*****gic island where necromancy is practiced and calls up the spirits of the dead who reveal vice and corruption throughout history. Finally, in the fourth part Swift explores the relation ***** human beings to the rest of the animal kingdom when Gulliver goes to the land of houyhnhnms where horses are rational beings and Yahoos (***** beings) are inferior animals. As he describes human society ***** a talking horse, he finds human beings to be morally inferior to ot*****r *****. In all four ***** of the book Swift uses fantasy and ***** to critique the worst in human ***** and society's institutions. He does this by *****cing us to ***** them from an alien or unacc*****tomed standpoint, and he makes us laugh while we're doing it. What might otherwise be ***** heavy subject matter, the vice ***** folly of human beings, becomes ridiculous and ludicrous. What would be a depressing commentary on ***** ***** ***** fun ***** enjoyable reading.

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

This is an example of Swift's

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