The Problem of Political Allegory in "Gulliver's Travels"

  title={The Problem of Political Allegory in "Gulliver's Travels"},
  author={Phillip Harth},
  journal={Modern Philology},
  pages={S40 - S47}
  • P. Harth
  • Published 1 May 1976
  • History
  • Modern Philology
Political allegory of the kind I shall be discussing uses symbols instead of personifications and is read the same way we are accustomed to reading a historical parallel such as Absalom and Achitophel. I imagine practically every reader of Dryden's poem from 1681 down to the present time has agreed on three basic assumptions. First of all, we take for granted that each of the individual characters and groups, although provided with names taken from the Old Testament, actually represents other… 
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