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A Modest Proposal

At a Glance

Author: Jonathan Swift, 1667-1745

Date: 1729

Context and Author

Jonathan Swift was born and raised in Dublin at a time when Ireland had been controlled by England for over 500 years.  774 more words

A Modest Proposal

Brutality in Satire: The Similarities of A Modest Proposal and American Psycho

One of the biggest risks a satirist can face is his or her readers entirely missing the point of the work. Two clear instances of this have taken place decades apart from one another, and on different continents. 1,114 more words



“I believe that the government that governs best is a government that governs least, and by these standards we have set up a fabulous government in Iraq.” Stephen Colbert… 1,062 more words

Historical/Social Context

Sharing Satire: Monty Python and Jonathan Swift Creatively Critique Their World

    As literature for Jonathan Swift and TV/film for Monty Python became relevant, respectively, to a public audience, both, Swift from the 18th century and Monty Python, a British sketch comedy troupe famous in the 1970s and on into the 21st century, harnessed popular mediums with their common strength in wit to comment on their respective societies. 1,173 more words


Read The Latest David Sedaris Short Story, A Modest Proposal

The current issue of The New Yorker magazine has published David Sedaris’ latest short story, A Modest Proposal.

London is five hours ahead of Washington, D.C., except when it comes to gay marriage. 14 more words

Books / Authors

Je Suis (Encore) Charlie

On the morning of January 7, 2015 Islamic terrorists forced their way into the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Armed with assault rifles, they… 1,003 more words

Media And Advertising

A Modest Proposal, or Unpacking Irony, Satire, and "Getting It"

China gets a bad rap as being unfunny.  Communist states (even when they’re not really Communist) never seem like beacons of innovative comedy, and I think most Americans would probably consider their vague notion of China to be a group of people who are overly serious and always angry.   797 more words