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Book 2: How the scope of satire is changed in this book? What is Swift’s satire based on?



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Book 2:

  • How the scope of satire is changed in this book? What is Swift’s satire based on?

  • What is thought about Gulliver? How is he treated?

  • What adventures does Gulliver have in the country of the giants? (see eg. Chapters 4-5)


  • What are the King’s basic principles and values? What is his reaction to Gulliver’s English ideas and proposals? (see Chapters 6 and 7)

  • What period of history does the life of the giants represent? Are there negative features in their life? Explain (see Chapter 7)

Book 3:


  • What happens to Gulliver in the 1st chapter? How does he arrive in Laputa?

  • Who live in the island? What are they interested in? What do you think Swift satirizes here? (see Chapters 2 and 3)

  • How are Laputa and Balnibarbi related? Which countries do you think they stand for?

  • What is the source of the troubles down there? Mention several projects of the Academy in the sections of a/ speculative sciences, b/ speculative learning, c/ politics (chap. 5-6)

  • Who are the masters and the slaves in Glubbdrubdrib? What is revealed about history? Mention several ancient heroes whom Gulliver ’meets’ (ch. 7-8)

  • What is the Swiftian version of the myth of immortality? (chapter 10)

Book 4:


  • How does Gulliver get to the land of the wise horses?

  • Who are the masters and slaves there? What is Swift’s satire based on?

  • What are the guiding principles for the horses? Is their country a true utopia without any negative features? How did the Yahoos appear in this ’horse-utopia’? (chapters 8-9)

  • In what tone does Gulliver speak about England? (chapters 4-6)

  • What parallels does his horse master find between the brute Yahoos and the European Yahoos? (chapter 7)

  • Which human vice is attacked in the concluding chapter? What can be the aim of the work? How can Swift be defended from being called a misanthrope? (see the ”Letter”)





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