Tag Archive: Gulliver’s Travels

Power to the Pets: Colonization in the Eyes of Swift and Adult Swim

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Some may have heard the tale that every cat wants to destroy their owner, but that they’re just smart enough to know that they don’t have the means and are better off scratching… Continue reading

More Than a Misanthrope: Johnathan Swift’s Philosophies

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From its onset, Johnathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels has a misanthropic tone. A reader can reason that Swift is a misanthrope and that he holds nothing but hate for humanity. However, “It is true… Continue reading

Good Horse Sense: Swift and the Houyhnhnm

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by Horace T. Palomino In the fourth part of Johnathon Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels,” we read of Gulliver’s encounter with the Houyhnhnms and the Yahoos. The Houyhnhnms, in Swift’s work, are a race of… Continue reading

Gulliver’s Utopian Travels

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Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels is a classic by any means of measurement. It has influenced every medium of storytelling to one degree or another practically since its initial publication. I grew up with… Continue reading

Comparing Houyhnhnms & Vulcans: How Swift’s Critique of Society is Still Used Today

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Gulliver’s Travels, anonymously published by Jonathan Swift in 1726, satirizes the travel narrative, an immensely popular genre at this time due to the vast number of explorers who published their own adventures and experiences in… Continue reading

Swift to Judge: Satire and Culture in Gulliver’s Travels and Idiocracy

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No one can argue that Mike Judge’s mediocre comedy deserves as much criticism and examination as Swift’s literary masterpiece. Idiocracy is light entertainment with social criticism wielded as a blunt instrument as opposed… Continue reading

Houyhnhnms, Humans, Dufflepuds, and Narnians: The Voyages of Jonathan Swift and C.S. Lewis

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Gulliver’s Travels has enjoyed a royal position among literature as the ultimate sea voyage novel for the past three centuries. Since its inception in 1726 by Irish author Jonathan Swift, the book itself… Continue reading

Legacy Unavoided: Gulliver’s Travels and today’s computer-generated poetry

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Gulliver’s visit to the Academy of Lagado involves seeing various “scientific” experiments. One of these illustrates a complicated machine with wires and levers attached to wood-blocks that stamp-out words, creating random sentence fragments.… Continue reading

Writing on the Stall: Swift’s Use of Bathroom Humor

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Throughout his career, Jonathan Swift consistently blurred the line between highbrow satire and lowbrow humor. A polarizing figure in English and Irish literature, Swift’s off-color writing style still finds a way to leave… Continue reading

A Swiftly Indecent Proposal

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Every person with any cultural capital at all knows or has heard of great comedy satire/parody shows like The Colbert Report and Saturday Night Live, and those people most likely don’t think about… Continue reading

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