English 205:
Discussion Question 8

John Gay, The Beggar's Opera
Swift, Gulliver's Travels

Directions: After reading the lecture, answer one of the four questions below. This answer is due no later than Thursday, Nov. 30.

Your responses to other students' answers are due by midnight on Sunday, Dec. 3. Remember: in order to get the full 20 points, you MUST respond thoughtfully to at least 2 other people's postings.

This set of discussion questions is worth a possible 20 points. Late answers receive 0 points, so post early :)

More details, with sample questions and answers, can be found on the Discussion Board itself, under the heading "Info on Discussion Questions." Please read this carefully so you know how to get the most points for the discussions.

We will be using the Canvas Discussion Board for this class. Click on the link below to get to the Canvas portal, sign in, and then click on the box for this class. You will find the "Discussions" link on the left side of the screen:

Discussion Board


Just answer one of the following questions.

1. Critics disagree about the significance of the ending of The Beggar's Opera.

What is your interpretation of the end of the play?

2. In "The Pride of Lemuel Gulliver," Samuel Holt Monk says, "The theme of pride looms large in all four voyages...The grim joke is that Gulliver himself is the supreme instance of a creature smitten with pride."

Do you agree that Gulliver exhibits pride in Books I and IV of Gulliver's Travels? Give specific examples and quotes from the book to support your position. (If you have read Books II and III, you may discuss those as well, if you like.)


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