Jonathan Swift was born on November 30, 1667 in Dublin, Ireland. With the absence of his father, Jonathan Swift passed away shortly after the birth of his son, his mother Abigail Erick struggled to care for Swift. Unfortunately Swift suffered from Meniere’s disease, a condition in the inner ear that leaves the victim nauseous and hard of hearing. Having difficulty from both working at a low paying job and insufficient money to care for Swift, Abigail gave Swift to Godwin Swift, her husband’s late brother.
Godwin enrolled Swift to Kilkenny Grammar School, Ireland’s best school at the time. The lifestyle switch of poverty to a private school proved challenging but quickly adapted and made a fast friend. Attending grammar school from 1674 to 1682, he continued his studies at Trinity College in Dublin. Receiving a Bachelors of Arts degree in 1686 he pursued for a masters. Into his studies Ireland was in trouble, the King of Ireland, England and Scotland were soon to be thrown out. Swift decided to have a fresh start and moved to England, where his mother found him a job as a secretary for Sir William Temple. For ten years Swift worked at London’s Moon Park assisting Temple, and took the requirements needed to become a priest. After Temple died in 1699 Swift began to edi...
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...s the society has already settled into a life style that works for the group and won’t be changing for a long time. Even when he does find the right group whose culture he likes, Gulliver is unable to stay with them since they are accustomed to having a society of only horses not humans. Swift explains modern alienation, the failures of someone wanting to fit in but is not able to because of the complete difference whether cultural, religion or beliefs in today’s society.
Swift’s knowledge from working politically with the Tories and religiously in church led him to write a fun paced adventure story while secretly criticizing England for all the things he believes to be wrong. Although the book was published in 1726, all that Swift says relates to us to this day with people being alienated just because of differences in physical appearance to religion and culture.
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