Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver says that he thinks it necessay to "justify [his] character in point of cleanliness to the world." Explain why he feels this need and attemts to do so throughout the books.

In book one, chapter two

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Gulliver seems to want to justify his cleanliness to "satisfy some of my Maigners." These Maligners are in England and not in the book. Swift is satirizing the English preoccupation with cleanliness which, among many, could be seen as less than to be desired.