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Last night I was reading Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift. After I finished book 1 and 2, I took a look at the comments on the book in general. While scrolling down the comments one comment caught my eye.

I want to know what the words that are capitalized mean in context. I have a little bit of an idea of their meaning that I'm gonna share with you but I want to confirm it with you to make sure.

Here's the full comment:

Book one remains the most intricate/subtle outlook of satire of the English politics and politicians. It is through Gulliver that Swift seems to be driving this conclusion that politics is responsible for the separation and the division of countries, it is because of politics that societies are getting worse You can see how we can drive this conclusion THROUGHOUT the examination of book 1 and part of book 3

Let me remind you that any examination of Swift's political attitude IN ISOLATION FROM the genuine proplems of the age is useless, I mention the three main issues AROUND which people are divided in the 18th century People disagreed regarding the position of the church, the role of England throughout Europe as well as the origin of the government The difference among people OVER these three major issues underlie the difference between the Tories and the Wigs, which are the two major political parties then.

Now the first one, "throughout"
My question would there be a difference if it was "through" instead Does "throughout" mean something like "in every part of book 1 and in every part of every part of book 3". Like "throughout" is more pervasive and it's better than "through" in the given context?

The second one, "in isolation from"
I think it means something along the lines of "we can't truly understand the proplems of the 18th century, if we approach it without taking into account the genuine proplems of that age and only examining Swift's political attitude toward them"?

The third one, "around" does it simply mean over?
In other words, "the three main issues "over" which people are divided in the 18 century? Can I rephrase it that way, taking out "around" and putting "over" in its place without harming the meaning?

The last one, its the opposite of the third one If it was "around" instead of "over" would the meaning change? But its worth saying that im leaning toward over than around.

Note: This comment was written by a British native speaker.

  • Your interpretations are correct (except that it says 'throughout Part 1 and part of Book 3'. I think you could probably switch 'over' and 'around' (in this context) without affecting the meaning. – Kate Bunting Oct 9 '19 at 8:24

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