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A Descriptive Narrative of Jonathan Swift

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A Descriptive Narrative of Jonathan Swift

The greatest satirist of the English history was not merely a prestigious critic whom made people laugh about general trivial topics.   Jonathan Swift criticized the human race’s deficiency as a species into shameful awakening.   He brought about change to English government and fought for the rights of his countrymen.   He was by no means a mono-faceted man.   He rose from a private secretary to an Anglican priest, he became a chaplain then the Dean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, even an emissary for the Irish clergy, and further more a monumental combatant in both the Tory and Whig parties of England.   His writings begot outrage, laughter, humility, and even disgust.   The power of his words, however, brou_ght reform throughout the English and Irish governments.   No other man has done so much with only his pen.
Jonathan Swift was born the thirtieth day of November 1667.   His father died seven months before his birth. His mother, now poor without a man’s income, fled with the infant Jonathan and his siblings to the refuge of her relatives.   Upon the arrival to Swift was taken by his wet nurse to the distant Whitehaven.   His mother, who was not able to care for him, did not immediately send for him. She only sent letters with orders not to brave a voyage with the young child again.
When Jonathan was about four years old he was placed into his uncles’ care.   They saw fit to give him the best possible education in Ireland.   He was sent to Kilkenny College close to the age six.   Beginning April 24, 1682 he began attending Trinity College, later earning his B.A. Swift spent some seven years at Trinity.   He did not enjoy school though and found curriculum dull.   He also did not care for the traditional step after gaining a degree, which was to enter into the church. This prospect was slow in advancement as well as ill suited to Swift’s temperament.

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