ENG202Y1 Lecture : Gulliver's Travels

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16 Mar 2011
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Idea of divine providence= > robinson crusoe comes to understand it as he understands his place on the island. Life = novel; there is a shape (divine plan) behind it. Robsinson crusoe leaves old world + joining new one. > leaves father who wants him to stay home, and makes a fortune. Swift: satire = mirror or glass -> beholders discover everyone"s face but their own -> that"s the only way it becomes acceptable. Literary mode in which folly + abuse is clearly ridiculed; often makes use of irony, exaggeration, lampoon; ethical goal of exposing corruption. Esther johnson -> attachment w little girl (daughter of household servant) Compares ancient learning to bees: gather a bit of nectar (sweet knowledge) from each flower. Modern learning = spiders: spin around and around a certain knowledge that comes from ourserlves; can be entrapping. Published as though it was a real account of his life.

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