Gulliver's Travels Setting

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Gulliver's journey to Lilliput and Blefuscu in Part I is a close allegory of the political events of the last years of Queen Anne's reign and the first years of George I's. In Lilliput, Home Politics are depicted as a struggle between courtiers wearing High Heels and Low Heels, comparable to the Whig and Tory parties of Britain. As well, Gulliver learns of a schism over the question of whether to break soft-boiled eggs at the small or big end. When part of the population resisted the king's edict to change the end they break, civil war resulted. Thus, in a supposedly foreign setting, Swift satirized the religious schism created by Henry VIII's break with the Roman Catholic Church, leading eventually to the English Civil War and the Glorious Revolution.

After parodying his own lands so thoroughly, Swift turned in Part II to creating a more idealized country. The...

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