A FEMINIST APPROACH ON JONATHAN SWIFT’S “GULLIVER TRAVELS”: Essay

English_Master February 29, 2016 No Comments
A FEMINIST APPROACH ON JONATHAN SWIFT’S “GULLIVER TRAVELS” The purpose of this essay is to analyze Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels from feminist perspective. To fully understand the views that Swift exhibited, with respect to feminist approach, it is important to have some background on Swift himself and women’s role in society in the eighteenth cen­tury. In the time of Swift, women were considered the legal responsibility of their fathers or husbands. Whatever a woman said in public was a reflection of the ideas of her father or husband. The ideal wife was obedient, for if not their husbands were allowed to physically discipline them. The gen­eral view of women was that of an object to be enjoyed by men. It was feared that education of women might lead to a subversion of the natural order which gave men unquestioned dominance. It was commonly believed among men that women need not be educated at all, because their main pur­poses in society were to tend to domestic dealings and pro­creation. Swift’s view of woman was influenced by the times and the society that he lived in. The paucity of love in author’s childhood and the little exposure he had to women when he was growing up also attributed to the corrosive...
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