Gulliver's Travels

three examples of satire

what are three examples of how satire was used to indicate what was going on in the world when the book was written.

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One example of satire would be found in Swift's portrayal of the Emperor of Lilliput, and the manner in which he chooses his ministers (their ability to walk a tightrope). This portrayal is a direct criticism of King George, and his tendency to choose his own ministers based upon connections rather than qualifications.

The people of Laputa are a satire on the enormous amounts of time and money spent by projectors to cure the country's social problems.

Lastly, the Land of the Houyhnhnms represents Swift's distaste for those who expound theories of philosophy and the expense of reality. Swift believed philosophy to be nothing more than hogwash.... he was a realist.


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what i was asking was if you could give me more details on each example satire was used. i have to write a paper using three examples

Example 1

There are numerous examples of satire in Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn. He uses satire as a tool to share his ideas and opinion on slavery, human nature and many other issues that afflicted American society at that time.

Below are a few citations from the novel that demonstrate satire:

  • “What’s the use you learning to do right, when it’s troublesome to do right and isn’t no trouble to do wrong, and the wages is just the same?” (Chap 16)
  • “There warn’t anybody at the church, except maybe a hog or two, for there warn’t any lock on the door, and hogs likes a puncheon floor in summer-time because it’s cool. If you notice, most folks don’t go to church only when they’ve got to; but a hog is different.” (Chap 18)
  • “The pitifulest thing out is a mob; that’s what an army is–a mob; they don’t fight with courage that’s born in them, but with courage that’s borrowed from their mass, and from their officers. But a mob without any man at the head of it is beneath pitifulness.” (chap 22)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

    Example 2

  • Alexander Pope’s The Rape of the Lock is an example of poetic satire in which he has satirized the upper middle class of eighteenth century England. It exposes the vanity of young fashionable ladies and gentlemen and the frivolity of their actions. For example, Pope says about Belinda after losing her lock of hair:

    “Whether the nymph shall break Diana’s law,
    Or some frail china jar receive a flaw,
    Or stain her honor, or her new brocade”

    The line mocks at the values of the fashionable class of that age. The trivial things were thought of as equal to significant things. For Belinda, the loss of her virtue becomes equal to a China jar being cracked.

  • Example #3

    Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver Travels is one of the finest satirical works in English Literature. Swift relentlessly satirizes politics, religion, and Western Culture. Criticizing party politics in England, Swift writes,

    “that for above seventy Moons past there have been two struggling Parties in this Empire, under the Names of Tramecksan and Slamecksan from the high and low Heels on their shoes, by which they distinguish themselves.”

    During Swift’s times, two rival political parties, the Whigs and the Tories, dominated the English political scene. Similarly, “The Kingdom of Lilliput” is dominated by two parties distinguished by the size of the heels of their boots. By the trivial disputes between the two Lilliputian parties”, Swift satirizes the minor disputes of the two English parties of his period.