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Later on the Whigs in power mainly denote the Young Whigs who were supporters of a parliament-focused government. Black, 15 The Tory party tended to see itself as the defender of the Anglican Church, threatened by the Dissenters and their political allies the Whigs. Black, 15 On the other hand, the Walpolean Whig government attempted to avoid 'Church-in-danger' issues by abandoning further tolerationist programmes in favour of Dissent Higgings, 35 in order to win their support. Walpole was educated at Eton and King's Cambridge [and he was] a violent Whig since at least his Cambridge days.
Black, 5 In he became First Lord of the Treasury. He resigned from ministry in , but returned to office in Robert Walpole is regarded as the first British prime minister, which in fact means that he was the 'leading minister of the Crown from until ' Black, preface - vii.
Under the reign of George I , who was King of England from to , Walpole was given rise to this position.
Since George I was not able to speak English properly, he communicated with his ministers in French. However, in the course of time George I 'ceased to attend cabinet meetings and […] Robert Walpole chaired them instead' Evans, Therefore, George I, who tried to manipulate parliament before, had to accept his limited power in a constitutional monarchy. Early in his career Swift's interest in politics mainly grounded on [its affects on] the strength and stability of the Anglican Church of which he was a member.
Cody Later on, Swift supported the Glorious Revolution in In Swift became a member of the Whig party. However, he changed to the rivalling Tory party because he disliked 'the Whig government's flirtation with the Dissenters' Cody and also saw better chances 'which might advance his [political] career, into the Tory camp' Cody. Swift even took over the Tory journal The Examiner. However, Swift remained influenced by Old Whig principles and 'regarded the Whigs as having left him rather than himself as having left the Whigs' Lock, God said, "Let Newton be!
Pope refers to Sir Isaac Newton - , who discovered the law of universal gravitation, and reasoned that the same laws that govern falling bodies on earth also explain the movements of planets and comets in the heavens. Further, Newton developed calculus, found that white light is actually made up of all of the colors of the spectrum, and formulated the three laws of motion. The knowledge that the whole universe follows laws, rules that can be understood by reason, led to the optimistic belief that humans could know everything--and perhaps ultimately control everything.
Because in the optimistic 18th century many people saw human nature as basically good, they believed that the human race would naturally use its scientific knowledge to do good. Seeing that everything from the planets to the circulation of the blood is governed by rules and works with balance and order, the Age of Reason also thought that there were also discoverable rules that control human behavior, especially politics.
Jonathan Swift shared in the general optimism about human potential to this extent: he must have hoped that by criticizing people in such graphic and sometimes embarrassing detail, he could improve them. After reading his satire, they would realize how far they had fallen from the ideal, and then they would want to do better.
In his writing Swift tried to moderate the Enlightenment esteem for reason and keep people from forgetting their more animalistic tendencies.
Gulliver, for example, proudly tells the humane though grossly large King of Brobdingnag about gunpowder, the scientific invention that will allow him to rule the world, but the horrified king brings him down to size, and calls him a grovelling insect. The benevolent giant is shocked that something so small and insignificant could nevertheless take delight in cruelty and destruction.
Jonathan Swift warns his readers that people are capable of doing evil to make themselves feel important. Swift must have believed that man could be improved, if not perfected, by exercising his common sense. His writing serves as a magnifying mirror to show us our faults so that we can see how far we have strayed from reasonable behavior and how much we are controlled by our passions and our pride.
But again and again Swift warns that reason is limited.
In an essay that still horrifies high school seniors, "A Modest Proposal," Swift has his narrator blandly suggest that one hundred thousand Irish babies be fattened up for a year and then sold for food--to be fricasseed or roasted whole. Really soft gloves, the narrator adds, could be made from their skins. While his plan is perfectly reasonable from a practical number-crunching point of view, it is unthinkably inhumane.
The narrator has considered everything but the feelings of the people involved, and thus he reveals them to be the all important element. Swift was trying to awaken a recognition in his readers that oppression of the poor by starving them while getting fat off the fruits of their labor is as cruel as raising them for slaughter.
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The suffering is the same; it's just a matter of perspective--whether the wealthy have to see what they're doing. The Lilliputians show the same cold, mathematical logic as the ultra reasonable narrator of "A Modest Proposal" when they decide to get rid of Gulliver by blinding him and then starving him to make his corpse easier to dispose of. They leave out human feeling.
The eighteenth century was also called the Neoclassical Period and people of that time had a high regard for classical virtues, especially moderation and restraint. In his own life Swift seems have kept a very tight reign on his feelings, especially in the face of what he considered to be repeated disappointments; critics frequently point to the repression implied by the virulence of his satire.
Though Swift had friends, he apparently did not experience much intimacy. Virtually an orphan, he spent his childhood without any real family circle.
He left college and Ireland in , with high hopes, and moved to England to become part of the household of Sir William Temple, a distant relative. A retired diplomat and sometime essayist, Temple was a friend of the new monarchs, William and Mary. Swift had reason to hope for political advancement, but nothing came of the connection.
Realizing that he was to be disappointed, Swift became an Anglican clergyman, and lived intermittently in Ireland then moved back to England to work for Temple again.
Then thirty two years old, Swift went back to Ireland, and at his urging, Stella and her companion, Rebecca Dingley, moved there to be close to him. He had met Esther Johnson, the little girl whom he nicknamed Stella, at Temple's estate, Moor Park, when she was eight and he was twenty-one. Swift had taught her to read, educated her, and became her lifelong admirer.
There were even persistent rumors that Swift secretly 10 married Stella. But modern scholars agree that though the two friends saw each other almost daily, they never saw each other without a third person present. Referring to Stella, Swift wrote, "violent friendship is more lasting, and as much engaging as violent love.
According to the poem Cadenus and Vanessa, which tells the story of their strange, restrained relationship, "She wished her Tutor were her Lover. Swift returned Vanessa's letter and left without a word. He never saw her again, and she died of tuberculosis--supposedly complicated by jealousy and disappointment-- a few weeks later. To Swift's great sadness, Stella herself died five years later, only two years after Gulliver's Travels brought him literary fame.
In London from to Swift had written the letters to his beloved Stella about his daily life while he was at the peak of his political influence. Now called the Journal to Stella, this book gives a detailed insider's picture of politics in the reign of Queen Anne. Here Swift reports proudly of being on intimate terms with the most important government ministers and other politicians whose intrigues and flattery he satirized in Gulliver's Travels.
The two parties that dominated English politics in the 18th century were the Tories and the Whigs. The Tories the model for the High Heels in Lilliput were the landed gentry; they favored the monarch over Parliament and supported the Church of England also called the Anglican Church, or in America, the Episcopal Church.
The extreme right wing of the Tory party, to be logically consistent royalists, wanted to bring back the Stuarts the deposed King James II and his descendants to the throne even though the Stuarts were Catholic. Tories tended to oppose wars because wars raise taxes while Whigs favored wars because they raise prices.
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The Whigs the Lilliputian Low Heels were the monied interest , mostly merchants, bankers, shippers; they supported dissenters from the Anglican Church.
Yet Swift implies in Gulliver's Travels that the differences between the parties are really only matters of style about as 11 important as the height of heels since they both agree on the main right property and argued only over who got to keep the most of it.
William and Mary, who preceded Queen Anne, had been Whigs. They really had no choice, since the Whig party had brought about the Bloodless Revolution by which William of Orange deposed and replaced his Catholic father-in-law, James II.
William was a staunch Protestant who fought many wars for his faith. He made Presbyterianism the national religion in Scotland. Then after defeating the Irish at the battle of the Boyne in , he made the Church of England the state church of Ireland called the Protestant Episcopal Church of Ireland.
The English oppression of Ireland, which was bound tightly with English repression of Catholicism, became a motivating force in Swift's writing. After William's death, Queen Anne took over the throne and the Tories took over the government. Seeing them as more interested in preserving the position of the Church of England, Swift became a moderate Tory. By he was the leading writer for the new moderate Tory minister. Until he ran The Examiner, the government's influential weekly newspaper, and gained public support for its policies.
Even though he was an outspoken partisan of the Anglican Church of Ireland, Swift couldn't help showing how irrational were the longstanding disputes between Christians and protesting the injustices he saw visited upon Catholics.
In Ireland the Roman Catholics, who made up the great majority of the population, were oppressed by being forced to pay tithes ten per cent of their income to a church they would never attend and whose beliefs they thought brought damnation.
Irreconcilable differences between Catholic and Protestant faiths also were the excuse for the expensive and protracted wars with France.
In his pamphlets for The Examiner Swift aroused the public desire for peace and helped bring about the Treaty of Utrecht, ending war with France. The Lilliputian Big Enders and Little Enders each want to exterminate the other because of the way they break their eggs, though their mutually sacred book says, "All true believers shall break their eggs at the convenient end" p. Likewise both Catholics and Protestants profess 12 Christ's religion of brotherly love and seek to live by essentially the same sacred text, yet they are willing to kill each other to prove that only they have the right interpretation of it.
Earlier Swift had also poked fun at the fighting between Catholic and Protestant extremists in The Tale of a Tub ; this book was immediately popular with intellectuals of the time, but it reportedly ruined forever Swift's chances of becoming a bishop. Once again Swift's accomplishments had lead to disappointment.
Queen Anne apparently felt that though the satire in The Tale of a Tub might put out any flames of interest in Catholicism, it would ruin Protestantism at the same time. Some suggest that Gulliver's putting out the fire in the queen's apartment by urinating on it aptly symbolizes Swift's defense of Protestantism.
After reading about Gulliver's fire extinguishing, one fourth grader exclaimed, "That's not funny--that's despicable!
No one will like that!
During Swift's day that passage probably provoked the same reactions. In the reign of Queen Anne arts of decoration and refinement flourished. Elaborate dresses were constructed around whalebone corsets that reshaped the female figure; wigs of intricate curls concealed natural hair; gardens were laid in geometrical patterns dotted with trees cut in cones or spheres. Artifice, the attempted improvement of nature, led people to refine what Pope described as "the decent draperies of life.
Swift was criticized for such vulgarities, but he wished to point out that despite all their fine clothes and fancy inventions, people should not sucumb to overweaning pride and forget their animal nature. Swift had refused money for his very successful political writing on behalf of the Tories and the Church of England, but doubtless expected to be rewarded in some way. He was again disappointed when that reward was being made Dean of St.
Patrick's Cathedral, the most important clerical post in Ireland. Swift felt he was being exiled to his detested birthplace and described himself as going back to Ireland to die, "like a poisoned rat in a 13 hole.
Though bitter about his exile, Swift was serious about being Dean. At first he wrote little, paid attention to his cathedral duties, and as always, exercised regularly, even if only by walking up and down the stairs again and again when the weather was bad.Gulliver's travels , Signet Classic. He stands up for the Honour of his own Country. She was likewise my School-Mistress to teach me the Language: Gulliver's travels , Methuen in English.
To the extent that a biblical association suggests divine retribution, there is a macabre hint of just deserts. Publish date unknown, Random House.
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