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A Modest Proposal (1729)

by Jonathan Swift

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A novel suggestion as to how to manage an overabundance of children. ( )
  brakketh | Jul 6, 2016 |
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Easing poverty in Ireland by eating the children of the poor was the satirical "solution" suggested by Jonathan Swift in his essay "A Modest Proposal" (1729). Here Swift unleashes the full power of his ironic armory and corrosive wit, striking his targets-the ruling class and avaricious landlords-with deadly precision.

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I found this satirical essay rather humorous and would consider it one of the best essays ever written. While reading this, I could just imagine them cooking and eating the children. The idea is rather gruesome, but Swift is not meant to be taken literally. The idea was to show how ridiculous people were being, fighting over religion and economics. I highly recommend this short piece for both humor and its literary value.
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  EadieB | Jun 1, 2016 |
Supongo que en el momento en el que escribio esto fue totalmente demoledor.
Pero no me ha hecho tanta gracia aunque comprendo lo satirico del asunto. Quiza simplemente es que la satira no es lo mio.
En cualquier caso, siendo tan corto no hay razon para no leerlo y ver si es interesante o no. ( )
  trusmis | Apr 30, 2016 |
A perfectly written piece of classic literature. 'A Modest Proposal' is a slyly tongue-in-cheek discourse that shines an absolutely brilliant light on racist elitism. ( )
  ScoLgo | Feb 22, 2016 |
I found this satirical essay rather humorous and would consider it one of the best essays ever written. While reading this, I could just imagine them cooking and eating the children. The idea is rather gruesome, but Swift is not meant to be taken literally. The idea was to show how ridiculous people were being, fighting over religion and economics. I highly recommend this short piece for both humor and its literary value.
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  EadieB | Jan 19, 2016 |
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It is a melancholy object to those, who walk through this great town, or travel in the country, when they see the streets, the roads and cabbin-doors crowded with beggars of the female sex, followed by three, four, or six children, all in rags, and importuning every passenger for an alms.
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This is an essay (sometimes mislabeled a short story), do NOT combine with any collections.
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A Modest Proposal, is a Juvenalian satirical essay written and published anonymously by Jonathan Swift in 1729. Swift suggests that the impoverished Irish might ease their economic troubles by selling their children as food for rich gentlemen and ladies. This satirical hyperbole mocks heartless attitudes towards the poor, as well as British policy toward the Irish in general.
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How do you solve the problem of poverty? By letting the Irish sell their children to be eaten by wealthy ladies and gentlemen, of course! This satirical short work by Jonathan Swift is a classic look at the cost of poverty.

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