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A Modest Proposal
A Modest Proposal | Jonathan Swift
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In 1729 Jonathan Swift anonymously published "A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People in Ireland From Being a Burden to Their Parents or Country, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Public", or as it's more succinctly called, "A Modest Proposal." The essay opens with a sympathetic and concerned citizen's persuasive introduction to the issue of the Irish poor. Soon however the speaker divulges his morbid solution: the Irish should raise their children as feed stock for the the wealthy throughout the kingdom. This solution, he continues unflinchingly, would resolve the issues of poverty, overpopulation, and Ireland's unbalanced trade with England. A Modest Proposal is Swift's answer to the fervent debates at the time over social reform, ones which coldly and scientifically outlines plans for the poor.
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EadieB
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Day 20 - #BookWithAProposal #MagnificentMurder
#AModernProposal #JonathanSwift

Humorous. I would consider this 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. Highly recommended!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚👍🏻📚 3y
OriginalCyn620 I‘ve never read it but I‘m intrigued! 3y
EadieB @OriginalCyn620 You should read it. It's only 48 pages long. 3y
BarbaraBB I liked this kind a lot too. 3y
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TCLinrow
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What did I even read just now?! Most of it came across as the ramblings of a paranoid madman rather than a political satirist. I know times have changed a lot since this was written, but I'm stunned all the same. One essay was about selling babies as food, which even as satire is a bit much... especially when it goes into THAT much detail...
And I don't think it helped that he compared humans to brooms either 😑
#TBRChallenge #TBRCleanup

MayJasper Sounds dire! 4y
SaunteringVaguelyDownwards I loved teaching "A Modest Proposal" in my 12th grade satire unit! My students were so uncertain about whether or not Swift was serious! At the end of the unit they got to write their own satiric proposals to solve school problems, with such results as the hall-monitor linebacker. 4y
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Naz786
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Bailedbailed

🌟/5

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her-my-oh-nee
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Did anyone else find A Modest Proposal a bit creepy? If I hadn't known in advance that it was a satire, I would have been horrified. All that baby murdering, cannibalism... I was too scared to focus on what he was trying to mock. I don't know, it just didn't feel enough satirical to me.

Libby1 I think he was trying to get people to care for the plight of the poor. I knew that going into it so it didn‘t seem creepy to me! Sorry it put you off! 5y
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Libby1
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First of all - this is SATIRE!

Jonathan Swift‘s “Modest Proposal” to eradicate poverty in 18th century Ireland was the consumption of “surplus” (i.e. poor, Catholic) babies.

This essay outlines how it could be done. Swift challenges his readers‘ possible prejudices and, in a backhanded way, challenges them to be more effectively altruistic.

Thanks again, @SerialReader .

(Photo from Google Images.)

Caterina We read this for homework in middle school, and I remember the teacher asking us what we thought, and I said "hilarious" and everyone else was like "you're crazy." ? There were a few moments of hostility before the teacher explained what satire was. ? 5y
APLitlife My favorite satire. 5y
RealBooks4ever I thought EVERYBODY nibbled on baby cheeks! 😋 5y
BarbaraBB It was a complete surprise for me when I read it but I really loved it! 5y
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BarbaraBB
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I had no idea, when I started this story, what it would be about, which made it so funny! A satire, written in 1729, and still so readable and somehow actual, wow!
#1001books

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Brie
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Amazingly, it's my first time actually reading this bit of classic satire instead of just hearing about it. Also my first finished read of my #litsypartyofone.

batsy I haven't read this either. Seems like one of those this I need to get around to soon. It's comforting that it's short! 6y
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bibliobliss
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• 'Twas a fine endeavor until the second half and then it tooketh a serious nosedive. I honestly struggle to rate this "So-So" and am leaning more toward "Pan" but the first part warrants 2 stars. Alas, "So-So" it is. Disappointed in the ending because I was kinda enjoying this book! Eck. That works as a review, right? Just "Eck!" •

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bibliobliss
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• highly entertaining satire, for sure 😂 reading on #serialreaderapp

#classics #satire #literature #essays #humor #funreads

braveliteraryworld I've had a soft spot for this app ever since I interviewed the creator. 6y
bibliobliss @braveliteraryworld It's a wonderful app for classic literature lovers! 6y
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BarbaraJean
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The classic example of #satire. I would usually teach this essay at the end of my Freshman Comp classes, leading into students writing satires of their own for their final exam. In spite of a sizable number of students coming to class horrified, thinking Swift was serious, I was usually impressed by the creativity and humor they displayed in their own satires. It's such a good feeling when students really get it! #maybookflowers

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Lcsmcat
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I know lots of Littens have used this, but I couldn't resist this cover. #satire #maybookflowers @RealLifeReading

OrangeMooseReads That is a great cover 😂 6y
Redjewel_7734 😂😂😂 6y
Redjewel_7734 One of my fave reads...is it wrong that I love to recommend it those that I know will not recognize the fact that it is satire? 😁😱😂 6y
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merelybookish That's hilarious! 6y
Lcsmcat @OrangeMooseReads I stole it off the internet. My copy isn't nearly this interesting. 6y
Lcsmcat @Redjewel_7734 That's half the fun! 6y
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MKbookworm
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Classic satire. We read A Modest Proposal in HS and I was shocked at how many students didn't realize it was satire. I know the 18th century is a completely different world from your 20th century one but come on people 🙄 #maybookflowers #satire

casvelyn I read it in HS too! We read it in class and a friend and I realized it was satire and were cracking up while the other kids were appalled at our callousness. 6y
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cherinium
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Mehso-so

Wow, that was a disturbing short story... #serialreader #creepy #notquitesure

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smccallum
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Pickpick

Had a lot of fun with this one. Swift's tone is brilliantly dry and it comes across so well. The title essay is hilarious and should be read by everyone.

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smccallum
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It's Saturday which means it's time for the next little black classic

saresmoore I love this one. I maybe shouldn't admit that. 6y
Kristelh I love it too, such satire! 6y
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Anneblythe
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My first WTH book for 2017! 😨😨😨 #serialreader

Reviewsbylola That didn't take long. 😂 6y
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lisakoby
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cathysaid 😂😂😂 6y
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GoneFishing
A Modest Proposal | Jonathan Swift

I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed, is, at a year old, a most delicious nourishing and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricasie, or a ragoust.

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SerialReader
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Swift sarcastically suggests that the poor sell their children to the rich to be used as food. A satire that feels at home in 2016, honestly. A quick 2-issue read in Serial Reader.

Serial Reader is now on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/serialreaderapp

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PatriciaTina
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I'm not sure if A Modest Proposal was here, but I got to tour the Russell Library at Maynooth University today and spotted these. Not super easy to see in the picture, but it's just a row of Swifts. So cool!

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Teenta
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I knew what this was about but I don't think I'd actually ever read it until now. Totally get why this is used to introduce students to satire. Brilliant.

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