SWIFT'S STYLE ( part 1st)

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"Style is the man." It is the most familiar notion regarding style of a writer and aptly fits to the subject. Style either in writing or in speaking indicates the caliber of a person. Therefore, it is equally fit for Jonathan Swift who by his style reveals his self. Swift's style is peculiar in its own kind. His whole work and especially 'Gulliver’s Travels' illustrate Swift's skill in dramatizing his ideas, his fertile imagination, his humor, and his 'clear and masculine' style. Gulliver's Travels is Swift's most pleasing work and at the same time, his most complete satire.


Since "Style is the dress of thought”, Jonathan Swift is almost original in his thoughts and this fact can't be refused to Swift by the most severe critic: Even Dr. Johnson has allowed that perhaps no author can be found who has borrowed so little, or has so well maintained his claim to be considered as original. Particularly in 'Gulliver's Travels’, we find situations unprecedented and the propounded ideas not unfamiliar but in an unusual way.


Reading Swift, one is immediately impressed by the precise use of words for describing a particular situation. There is no ambiguity either in narrative or in character. Ideas run naturally, style seems unstudied, say, artfully artless. Swift's style exhibits vehemence and capacity of miracle, a copiousness of images and vivacity of diction.

Swift's style is well suited to his thought, which are never subtilised by nice disquisitions, decorated by sparkling conceits, elevated by ambitious sentences or variegated by far-sought learning. In Part IV, chapter 6, Gulliver describes the prevailing conditions in his country. Stylistic qualities of Swift are quite obvious.
"Hence it follows of necessity that vast number of our people are compelled to seek their livelihood by begging, robbing, stealing, cheating, pimping, flattering, forging, gaming, lying, fawning, hectoring, voting, scribbling, stargazing, poisoning, whoring, casting, libeling, free thinking, and the like occupations"

It is very true that Swift's style is near perfection, clear, pointed and precise. He seems to have no difficulty in finding words to express exactly the impression, which he wishes to convey. He realizes so clearly, what he is describing that the reader is, of necessity, interested and impressed. G. A. Atkins says in this regard:

"There is never any doubt of his earnestness, whatever may be the mockery on the surface."

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