Comic satire in Gulliver’s Travels
Name: Sejal Chauhan
Paper No: 2
Paper Name: The Neo-Classical Literature
Roll No: 31
Submitted to: Smt.S.B.Gardi Department of English
• Swift is generally regarded as a
master of corrosive satire and comic
satire is not lacking in Gulliver’s
First Voyage-Voyage to Lilliput
• Example of Comic Satire
• One outstanding passage of comic satire
in this account and it is the passage
dealing with the
• High-heels and low-heels
• Big-Endians and the Little-Endians
• Gulliver defends the reputation of
the Lilliputian Lady whose name had
been scandalously linked with his
• Gulliver is in Blefuscu, lying on the
ground to kiss the hands of the
Emperor and the Empress.
• Voyage to Brobdingnag
• The increased comic effect is achieved
mainly at the expense of
Gulliver,because in the second voyage
he is reduced in status and becomes
obviously an object of comic satire.
• Swift achieves a bitter yet comic irony in
Gulliver’s unawareness and continued
• Gulliver is so small that the king can
just lift him with his hand and stroke
him as if he were a pet.
Part-3 The Flying Island
• At least one critic thinks it to be the
funniest part in the whole book.
• Actually there is considerable laughing
matter in part III.
• We are told that the people of Flying island
are capable of catching the music of the
• Chapter-5 has been regarded as a satire
on the kind of work which the Royal
society in England was engaged upon in
• Chapter-6 describes political projects is
also very funny.
• Chapter-7 Gulliver finds that ghosts and
spirits are in attendance at the dinner
• Swift is attacking the Yahoo in each one of us.
• Houyhnhnms produce a comic effect.
• First nine Chapters of part 4 swift further
simplifies and concentrates his attack by
making almost no used of irony.
• The attack on the Yahoos is not only severe,
but literal and direct.
• In every point wherein man and horse differ.
• Example:- four legs are better than two or that
the human anatomy is defective because
Gulliver cannot eat without lifting one of his
fore-feet to his mouth.
• Swift has fun with Gulliver in chapter-10.
• In the final satirical vision of the concluding
chapters of the book,Gulliver’s
discontentment is enclosed in comic
satire, with Gulliver himself as the target.