Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. John Carroll
Although some two hundred years remove them from one another, English satirist Johnathan Swift and Eric Hugh Blair (George Orwell) share a close literary kinship. Swift, the eighteenth-century author of the world classic Gulliver’s Travels, is generally recognized as the superior of the two, since he possesses the distinguished reputation of the Enlightenment man who rubbed elbows with other recognized greats, such as Alexander Pope, John Gray, Addison and Steele. Orwell, a twentieth-century man, and the son of an English soldier perhaps has not yet arrived at the same height of greatness. The author of seven novels and an essayist adept at assessments of contemporary life, he is best-known for Nineteen Eighty-Four, the unpleasant prediction of the world’s totalitarian future, and Animal Farm, a satire in the beast epic tradition concerning the regime of Joseph Stalin.
Susman, Mardelle J., "Prophets of doom: The views of Jonathan Swift and George Orwell" (1970). Student Work. 3183.
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