Tag Archive: History

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

It’s a Goblin’s Goblin’s Goblin’s Market

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As so often seen in the Victorian Age, the idea of the world being a “man’s world” does not come as a surprise when thinking of Victorian literature. However, Christina Rossetti puts forth… Continue reading

People as a Commodity in “A Modest Proposal”

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“A Modest Proposal” by Jonathan Swift is often regarded as one of the most powerful political essays in literature, and yet, not one word of the piece was written as explicit political advice.… Continue reading

Swift’s Ridiculousness to Reality through a Historical Viewpoint

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  The Pope has decided to follow Swift`s advice to help out with Ireland`s economy. Through the beginning of the 18th century, English and Irish relations were in pitiful standings. Some would say that their… Continue reading

Imperialist Adventure

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She is an amazing piece of adventure literature with a dark side to it. The darkness comes not from the mysterious land through which the adventurers travel, nor from the calamity of natural… Continue reading

Feminism

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In the last two segments, I addressed the prevalent hyper-sexualized women that appear throughout She. There is a stark contrast with the time period and the popular view of women; it is exotic… Continue reading

Three Cheers for the Militia: The Peterloo Massacre of 1819

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In the summer of 1819, England was still reeling from the last of the Napoleonic Wars four years prior, and was faced with increasingly disparaging conditions for its people, especially the poor working… Continue reading

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