A Modest Proposal
"A Modest Proposal" is a satirical essay written by Jonathan Swift in 1729. The lengthy original title of the essay was "A Modest Proposal for preventing the children of poor people in
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Slide1A Modest Proposalby Jonathan Swift Original/long title: “ A Modest Proposal for preventing the children of poor people in Ireland, from being a burden on their parents or country, and for making them beneficial to the publick."
Slide2Historical background• Ireland was under the control of England for close to 500 years and was denied union with England when Scotland received it in 1707. • As a result, Ireland continued to suffer under trade restrictions and lack of resources. • This situation led Swift to write this satirical essay.
Slide3Pamphlets• During this time, many writers wrote and published pamphlets with proposals to solve the economic problems in Ireland. • Swift’s essay parodied the style and method of these others. • His purpose: to capture the audience whose indifference he believed was to blame for the situation and make them think of solutions.
Slide4Overall analysis• Swift satirically expresses his anger towards Ireland’s colonial rule under England, as well as the hypocrisy of the wealthy. • He feels that Ireland is suppressed by English rule and ambivalent in their actions against their rule. • It bothers him that Irish politicians, as well as the masses of poor, fail to mobilize on their own behalf.
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