Land of the Horses

Gulliver’s travels is another work by Jonathan Swift. It is written in the form of an ”autobiographical travel journal”. In this chapter Gulliver visits the land of the horses (Houyhnhnms)  where horses are wise and humans (yahoos) are brutes.

Vice: moral weakness

Discourse: spoken communication on a subject, talking

Maxim: a saying that is widely accepted, a rule

We will listen to:

The text from chapter 4.

1. What is satire?

2. What is Swift’s purpose with Gulliver’s travels? What picture does he give of human civilization in the story you heard?

3. Men are called yahoos, what impression of mankind does this give, do you think?


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