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A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift


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. 3,387 more words


My Very Own Modest Proposal - Part One

My very own modest proposal in no way resembles the one advocated in Jonathan Swift’s bitingly satirical essay published in 1729 when poverty in Ireland was dire. 249 more words

I Jest I Jest... Or Do I?

A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift is the piece of literature that drew me into satirical writing.  The definition of satire is “the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.”  Swift wrote this essay in 1729 in response to over-population of Ireland as well as the government’s treatment of its people.   307 more words


Swift's Ridiculousness to Reality through a Historical Viewpoint

The Pope has decided to follow Swift`s advice to help out with Ireland`s economy.

Through the beginning of the 18th century, English and Irish relations were in pitiful standings. 1,107 more words

Humor as a Weapon

For centuries, humor has been an important tool. Humor brings the melancholy into contentment. Humor brings the content into jubilation. Humor is the unanticipated mirror for political and social leaders to hold up to themselves. 475 more words

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Teaching Satire Using YouTube

I try to teach “A Modest Proposal” to every senior class I have. I love their reactions to the proposal itself. What really gets me is how few of the students understand that the entire proposal is a satirical piece, that he is being facetious. 432 more words


I saw this book at Mayersche and just had to pick it up. While it’s still unlikely that I would choose that career path, I would have once laughed in your face if you had asked me whether I wanted to become a teacher. 725 more words