A Modest Proposal

A Modest Proposal Review

A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People in Ireland From Being a Burden to Their Parents or Country, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Public, commonly referred to as A Modest Proposal, is a Juvenalian satirical essay written and published anonymously by Jonathan Swift in 1729. Swift suggests in his essay that the impoverished Irish might ease their economic troubles by selling children as food for rich gentlemen and ladies. By doing this he mocks the authority of the British officials. A Modest Proposal is included in many literature programs as an example of early modern western satire. It also serves as an exceptional introduction to the concept and use of argumentative language, lending itself well to secondary and post-secondary essay courses. Outside of the realm of English studies, A Modest Proposal is a relevant piece included in many comparative and global literature and history courses, as well as those of numerous other disciplines in the arts, humanities, and even the social sciences.

Title:A Modest Proposal
Edition Language:English

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    Last night my daughter asked me to watch what passes for comedy to pre-teens on Nickelodeon; a show low on laughs but high on laugh track. It's Halloween week and of course the thematic drum of cheap ...

  • Bookdragon Sean

    This made me laugh so much. It’s just so brilliantly funny. Swift adopts a very serious tone, and an authoritative voice, that almost sounds real. He delivers his proposal in such a hilariously cold...

  • Elyse

    One book leads to another....After listening to the audiobook "Food: A Love Story", by Jim Gaffigan...a hilarious walking companion...I quoted a Bizzarre Line from Jim..."Maybe All Americans should ju...

  • James

    Book Review A Modest Proposal is a satirical work of fiction by Jonathan Swift, written nearly 300 years ago. It is an Irish piece, originally published anonymously, but served as a way to shove st...

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  • Brad

    there is no better way to kick off a semester of literature than a modest proposal. one smart ass student always tries to derail the conversation with an early declaration of the proposal’s satire, ...

  • Lisa

    Macabre but good example of how you can use standard arguments to convince people - no matter how appalling your opinion may be. Scary!...

  • Jonathan Ashleigh

    This is obviously an incredible satire, which hopes to give some satisfaction to the rich. I recently reread it after reading The Sorrows of Young Mike. In John Zelazny's parody, the main character pa...

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    FIRST THING IVE READ IN MONTHS AND IT FEELS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOD...