Battle of the Book; "Utopia" vs. "Gulliver's Travels" and "1984"
The paper is a cross comparison between three different genres in literature, represented respectively by Sir Thomas More's "Utopia," Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver's Travels," and George Orwell's "1984".
# 145956 | 4,400 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2010 |
Published on Dec 08, 2010 in Literature (English) , Sociology (General) , Political Science (General)
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The paper takes ideals on religion, family, education, war, and authority established in More's "Utopia" and demonstrates how Swift's "Gulliver's Travels" and Orwell's "1984", as a satire and dystopia, dismantle those ideals by satirizing them, portraying their extremes or rendering their binary opposites. The writer notes that the ideal world, the chaotic world and the slightly humorous world all have unique qualities that relate to each other in different ways. The writer concludes that these connections make clear how "1984" and "Gulliver's Travels" take the concepts conveyed in "Utopia", and completely undermine their value through an assortment of ways: satire, depictions of the concept's extremes, or displaying binary opposites, which are the most commonly used.
From the Paper:"Literature has survived the test of time and continues to become more complex and diverse every passing day. There are an assortment of reasons for this: appreciation for the elegance of poetic prose, a tenderness for the catharsis brought on by a tragic work, or perhaps how it can invoke a contemplative sentiment towards life. These are merely a few effects of literature on its readers, in a broad sense. To narrow down what particular works generally convey, we divide them into literary genres: romance, gothic, or tragedy just as a few examples. Unlike the examples above, there are three specific genres that are generally more engaged in social criticism either through a portrayal of society at its best, a portrayal of society at its worst, or quite simply mocking society through humor. These characteristics belong to the utopian and dystopian, along with, but not as closely related, satire."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Baldick, Chris. Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms. Intl.ed. 2001. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Print.
- Bloom, Harold. George Owell's 1984 Bloom's Notes. Broomall: Chelsea House Publishers, 1996. Print.
- Holmes. W, John. "With the Best of Intentions: Interdependence and Freedom." And He Loved Big Brother. Ed. Shlomo Giora Shoham. London: The Macmillan Press, 1985. 39-46. Print.
- More, Thomas. Utopia. London: Penguin Books Ltd, 2003. Print.
- Orwell, George. 1984. London: A Plume, 2009. Print.
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