Study Guide

Gulliver's Travels Genre

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Adventure, Satire and Parody

Even we have lost track of how many times we have said the word "satire" in this guide, and we don't want to beat you guys over the heads with this. Just check out "In a Nutshell" for more on Gulliver's Travels as both a parody of popular travel narratives and as a satire of contemporary England and mankind in general. As for adventure – the man goes to numerous islands, one of them floating, and meets lots of strange people with curious customs and new languages. Even if Gulliver's Travels is a parody of the genre of the adventure tale, it still has all of the elements of the type. That still counts!

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