Life as an English Major

Life as an English Major: Swift

For the past week, we’ve been working on Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels” (Books 1, 2, and 4) and also “A Modest Proposal.” The main thing we concentrated on was the satire in them. And, thank god for my English TA, we picked apart everything in Book 1 (for now) and we got to see how Swift satirizes everything. For example, the constant peeing/pooping imagery satirizes the royalty, the ridiculousness of the whole “which end of the egg to break first” represents the Reformation..there’s so much of them to remember!

I really do like Swift as an author. Gulliver’s Travels was really entertaining to read. I love how (mostly) all the satire still pertains to today a bit.

A word of advice: if you study this in your class, please pay attention. Apparently my TA had to fail more than half his class at one point because they all though that “A Modest Proposal” was to be taken literally…SWIFT DOES NOT LITERALLY MEAN TO EAT BABIES.

Happy reading!

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