In 1708, Jonathan Swift took a challenge that made him well known throughout history. The challenge concerned a man, John Patridge, who summoned fellow clergymen to compete with him at prophecy. Swift, a highly defensive member of the Church of England, opposed Patridge because he had invaded his church and his beliefs. He was to spend a huge part of his life defending his church from any unwanted attackers (Hunting 1-2).
Dr. Greenacher, author of a Psychoanalytic Study of Two Lives indicated, ?Swift suffered from severe anxiety and defuse hypochondriasis of the type of which so often accompanies an unusually severe castration complex, in which pregenital determinates are strong.? (Hunting 3). Hunting also felt that bisexuality was a major issue growing up and it showed through in his character and writings (3).
Perhaps the most famous of Jonathan?s works was Gulliver?s Travels which he began work on in early 1721. Gulliver?s Travels can be mistaken for a novel although it is a story, one of which can be read and interpreted to relate with Swift himself (Glendinning 110).
In the poem ?Satirical Elegy on the Death of a Late Famous General?, the theme revolves around the great Whig general?s victories and in contrary,
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