Utopia in "Gulliver's Travels"
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This paper examines "Gulliver's Travels" with reference to the second voyage to the land of the Brobdingnag. The paper discusses how the Brobdingnagian King seemingly has all the traits for a utopian society, but argues that Brobdingnag is neither the utopia that we all expect it to be nor the utopia Gulliver presents it as. The paper shows how it is actually as flawed and as imperfect as our own society since the people living in it are as given to feelings of violence and selfishness as any ordinary person in our world. The paper describes how they live life for themselves and the only redeeming factor is the fact that their King is ethical and intelligent.
From the Paper:"Gulliver's Travels is Swift's statement in support of the traditional view of man. In this book, Swift attacks what he believed to be mistaken ways of life based upon mistaken views of the nature of man. The satiric ways in which he deals with the realities of life are amusing and at times ironic. In Book II for most of the time the people of Brobdingnag are again caricatured distorted Europeans, but clearly the King of Brobdingnag is an ideal figure.
"When we start to consider a utopia we realize that it is a world where people, events and the world as a whole is perfect. This perfection is a scenario where the people attempt to create a world where ideals exist. The reality of our world is such that the people and the government is given to periodic spasms of imperfection that coincide with ravages of human life in the form of war and hatred. A person who is effected by this ravage would seek an ideal world where there is peace and prosperity. Guliiver seemingly found this utopia in Brobdingnag. Brobdingnag was a land of giants where the King was the epitome of virtue. He considered his Kingdom his life and he led the people the way he lived- with pleasure and peace. However, not everything is as it seems."
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