Study Help Essay Questions

1. Some would argue that Swift was a misanthrope and that Gulliver's Travels proves his hatred of mankind. Agree or disagree with this assessment and support your opinion with examples from the text.

2. Explain how Swift makes use of the character of Gulliver. As you prepare your answer, be sure to consider whether Gulliver has a distinct and recognizable character or whether he is simply Swift's mouthpiece.

3. In his satire, Swift makes a correlation between size and morality. Explain how this works in the Travels, paying particular attention to Gulliver in Lilliput and in Brobdingnag.

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