Misanthropy in Swift's "Gulliver's Travels"
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Two different opposing viewpoints of misanthropy in "Gulliver's Travels" are detailed, compared and contrasted. The author uses "Satire in the Works of Swift and Gay" by Catherine Cooper and "Swift's Gulliver's Travels", a lecture by Ian Johnston, to contrast and compare the two different viewpoints. The arguments presented by both these authors are reviewed and analyzed in order to determine which one is a more accurate interpretation of Gulliver's view of humanity.
From the Paper:"Cooper considers Swift to be a misanthrope, as she believes readers are meant to see the Houyhnhnms as better than humans. She equates Gulliver's views with Swift's to an extent, writing that any lingering positive perception of humanity "seems difficult to believe when the bleak light in which Gulliver sees the human race by the end of the novel is observed" (Cooper 2). After Gulliver has observed the degraded Yahoos, he is indeed disgusted by humanity. Yahoos, the vile, bestial, and filthy creatures in human form, are pointed out to be not only approximations of humans but completely human, as evidenced by the fact that a Yahoo female attempted to coerce Gulliver into mating."
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