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Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift and The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia by Samuel Johnson, seek to capture the nature of the ideal world as well as the essence of human nature. Both works are satirical in temper, and take a rather grim look at the human condition exists, as well as the attributes that compose it. Neither author is praising human nature, rather both novels conclude similarly that the perfect world is …

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…to return home fruitless, Gulliver gets back to England he is a state of complete disillusionment, to the point that when his wife kiss him he faints from the sheer shock of the act. He becomes completely alienated from his species. It is this loathing that Swift thinks humans feel for one another. It is clear that Johnson is much more forgiving of mankind’s short coming than is Swift, a infamous hater of people