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A Modest Proposal
     

A Modest Proposal

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by Jonathan Swift
 

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Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal is one of the earliest and most seminal satirical essays written in English. Having as an original title “A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People From Being a Burden on Their Parents or Country, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Publick,” it expresses deep anger at the squalor and miserable

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Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal is one of the earliest and most seminal satirical essays written in English. Having as an original title “A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People From Being a Burden on Their Parents or Country, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Publick,” it expresses deep anger at the squalor and miserable conditions from which the Irish people was suffering in the eighteenth century. Swift ironically suggests that poor Irish families could sell their children to rich Englishmen as an ultimate solution to their miseries. The essay, which is generally characterized by a rather bitter, ironic and hyperbolic tone , provides details of how to convert the problem that Irish children represent into its own solution. He even dares to propose selling those children to meat markets to be served as food for the rich. He ironically gives a complete analysis about how this weird solution would help combat unemployment and overpopulation and boost the country’s economy. What is worth noting, however, is that Swift does not put all the burden on the shoulders of English rulers, rich men and Irish politicians. Indeed, the essay also represents a work of self-criticism where the Irish masses are equally blamed for not being able to help themselves.

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ISBN-13:
9781780007281
Publisher:
Deadtree Publishing
Publication date:
04/24/2013
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
12 KB

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Jonathan Swift (1667 -1745) was an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer (first for the Whigs, then for the Tories), poet and cleric who became Dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. He is remembered for works such as Gulliver's Travels, A Modest Proposal, A Journal to Stella, Drapier's Letters, The Battle of the Books, An Argument Against Abolishing Christianity, and A Tale of a Tub. Swift is probably the foremost prose satirist in the English language, and is less well known for his poetry. Swift originally published all of his works under pseudonyms-such as Lemuel Gulliver, Isaac Bickerstaff, M.B. Drapier-or anonymously. He is also known for being a master of two styles of satire: the Horatian and Juvenalian styles.

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Modest Proposal 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book. we read it in school and it seems to me that this man thought very strongly for the government. obviously, but he shows the ups and downs of the government and exctly how he feels about it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry guys i got busy in rl
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I thought this was the actual book. I purchased it in Nook format. Seriously disappointed. 22 pages & it's just an overview. It's only a buck but that's crap.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Glad to see pundits were just as entertaining in the 1700 's as they are now
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AldenteJH More than 1 year ago
This book has a shocking overture to it and had my head spinning by page five with the disolutions ofnthis man...amazing book one for parties!
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