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Politics and Power

Politics in English court is one of the major objects of satire in the novel. The theme of court politics appears conspicuously in the first part of the novel. Swift satirises the politics of the officials at court to influence the king’s decision for their personal profit. Gulliver witnesses the rope dancing competition among the Lilliputians to seek a good post in the court. He observes that flattery is valued more than the merits of a person. …

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