The Vexing but Diverting Web of Relationship: Swift, Gulliver, and the Reader


  • Nasir Jamal Khattak Department of English & Applied Linguistics, University of Peshawar Author


web of relationships, Swift, Gulliver, reader


This paper explores the intricate interplay between author, character, and reader in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels. Through a detailed analysis, the study investigates how Swift constructs a multifaceted web of relationships that both vexes and diverts the reader. By examining the satirical nuances and narrative techniques employed by Swift, the paper elucidates the complex dynamics between Gulliver's evolving perspective and the reader's reception of his voyages. The analysis reveals how Swift's sophisticated manipulation of irony and satire not only critiques contemporary society but also engages readers in a deeper reflection on human nature and societal constructs. Ultimately, this study highlights the enduring relevance of "Gulliver's Travels" and its ability to provoke thought and entertain through its layered narrative and rich character development.

Author Biography

  • Nasir Jamal Khattak, Department of English & Applied Linguistics, University of Peshawar

    Ph.D, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA (2001) in English Literature.


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How to Cite

Nasir Jamal Khattak. (2023). The Vexing but Diverting Web of Relationship: Swift, Gulliver, and the Reader. University of Chitral Journal of Linguistics and Literature, 7(II), 220-224.

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