"A Modest Proposal"

1729 pamphlet Vocabulary to Analyze HUMOR Exaggeration- an overstatement Understatement-opposite of exaggeration; using a statement, often in the negative, to create comedic effect. Farce-form of low comedy designed to provoke laughter through highly exaggerated caricatures of people in improbable or silly situations. Irony-saying/doing one thing while meaning another. When the opposite of what is expected to happen occurs Mockery: An absurd misrepresentation or imitation of something. About this Pamphlet "I shall now therefore humbly propose my own thoughts, which I hope will not be liable to the least objection.

standard essay format opening that presents the topic and thesis a body that develops the thesis with details a conclusion--states the benefits that would accrue from his proposal. Supports a political position through Satire. Remember that with satire nothing is quite what it seems due to the irony used. Historical Influencescauses England Gains Power over Ireland England ProtestantCatholic Conflicts Protestant Gains

Power PERSECUTION Ireland mostly Catholic Historical Influenceseffects Laws limit Irish rights to hold government office, purchase real estate, get an education, etc. By 1703 the English owned 90% of the land Irish worked on farms owned by English. Irish are being English charged high rent. taken advantage of Irish couldnt afford rent. but DONT FIGHT ThereforePoverty BACK

Middle State Split alliances and can see 2attention sides to to To call the issueinflicted on abuses Authors Purpose Irish Catholics by well-to-do English Protestants. Swift SATIRE=PERSUADE was PROTESTANT but also an IRISH nativewhat You should

does this tell you? respect Authors everyone. Themes Exploitation of the Downtrodden Prejudice Irish Inaction Passage 1 "Supposing that one thousand families in this city, would be constant customers for Infant's Flesh, besides others who might have it at merry meetings, particularly at weddings and christenings, I compute that

Dublin would take off annually about twenty thousand carcasses, and the rest of the Kingdom (where probably they will be sold Passage 2 It is a melancholy object to those, who walk through this great town, or ravel in the country, when they see the streets, the roads, and cabin-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. Passage 3 The number of souls in this kingdom being usually reckoned one million and a half, of these I calculate there may be about tow hundred thousand couple whose wives are breeders, from which number I subtract thirty thousand couples who are able to maintain

their own children, although I apprehend there cannot be so many under the present distresses of the kingdom, but this being granted, there will remain an hundred and seventy thousand breeders. Passage 4 I think it is agreed by all parties, that this prodigious number of children, in the arms, or on the backs, or at the heels of their mothers, and frequently of their fathers, is in the present deplorable state of the kingdom, a very great additional grievance Passage 5 I propose to provide from them, in such a manner, as, instead of being a charge upon their parents, or the parish, or wanting food and raiment for the rest of their lives, they shall, on the contrary, contribute to the feeding and

partly to the clothing of many thousands. Passage 6 always advising the mother to let them suck plentifully in the last month, so as to render them plump and fat for a good table. A child will make two dishesand when the family dies alone, the fore or hind quarter will make a reasonable dish and seasoned with a little pepper or salt will be very good boiled Swifts Proposal ? Irish infants be sold as atthat

age aIreduction think it is agreed by all food parties, in the number of one, they are plump and in this when prodigious number of children, Catholics in Ireland, since most healthy, toorgive

the Irish aat new the arms, on the backs, the Irish infantsalmost allor of whom heelsbaptized of mothers, source oftheir income andand thefrequently English were Catholicwould of their

fathers, is in the present aend new food product to bolster up in stews and other dishes deplorable stateand of the kingdom, a a very their economy eliminate instead of growing up to go to great problem. additional grievance social Catholic churches.

Intended Result Lessen # of Irony Arent children already valuable? It is a melancholy object to those, who The Irish live inthis extreme poverty. walk through great town, or ravel in thesell

country, when they see the They their children as delicacies streets, the roads, and cabin-doors, thus the children are valuable. crowded with beggars of the female The rich pay high prices. sex, followed by three, four, or six The poor gain money children, all in rags, and importuning every passenger for an alms.

Intended Result Give the Poor Economic Hardship alleviated onefrom thousand "Supposing I propose tothat provide them, in such families The poor gain money bywould selling be their in this city,

a manner, as, instead of being a charge children. constant for Infant's upon their customers parents, or the parish, or Flesh, besides others might There are fewer towho feed (less wanting food andmouths raiment for the

rest of have it atchurch merry meetings, govt lives, and aid). their they shall, on the contrary, particularly at weddings and Decrease overpopulation; decrease contribute to the feeding and partly to christenings, I compute that poverty

the clothing of many thousands. Dublin would take off annually This could become an export. about twenty thousand carcasses, Intended Financial Result and the rest of the Kingdom (where probably they will be sold somewhat cheaper) the remaining Overpopulation The number of souls in this kingdom being usually reckoned one million and a half, of these I calculate

there may be in about There is so much poverty thetwo hundred whose wives are countrythousand among couple Catholics breeders, from which number I subtract thirty Catholics a procreating and are unable thousand couples who are able to maintain to care their although childrenI apprehend their own for children, there cannot be so many the present

English landlords are under raising the rent distresses thethen kingdom, but this being annuallyofand kicking their tennets granted, there will remain an hundred and to the street seventy thousand breeders. Intended Breeders burden IRONY always advising thethe

mother to letof Verbal irony: Saying opposite them suck plentifully in the last month, what is meant. so to render them plump fat for "Ias rather recommend buying and the children a alive, good and table. A childthem will make

two dressing hot from the dishesand the family knife, as we when do roasting pigs."dies alone, the fore or hind quarter will disease, famine, and substandard living make a reasonable and seasoned conditions threatendish to kill great numbers

positive or development: it withofaIrish=a little pepper salt will beisvery really positive? good boiled Intended Increase restaurant business Domestic issues this would be a great inducement to marriage, which all wise nations have either encouraged by rewards, or enforced by laws and penalties. It would increase the care Men will want to marry women for the and tenderness of mothers toward their children, when they benefitfor life, to the poor babes, werefinancial sure of a settlement provided in some

sortwant by the a public to their annual profit Women will good man to help instead of expense. We should see an honest emulation23 hertheraise the plumpest among married women, which of children them could bring the Men fattest childwill to the market, men would become

as fond respect women as much asof theirthey wives,respect during the their time of livelihoods their pregnancy,and as they are beat now of their mares in foal, their cows in calf, or sows when their women less they are ready to farrow, nor offer to beat or kick them (as it is too frequent a practice) for fear of a miscarriage. Intended Increase Marriage Okaythat seems OUTLANDISH Is he serious???? NO!!!

A satirical essay is a piece of prose writing that ridicules the faults and shortcomings of individuals, groups, institutions, or humanity in general. Exaggeration A very worthy person, a true lover of his country, and whose virtues I highly esteem was lately pleased, in discoursing on this matter, to offer a refinement upon my scheme. Understatement I shall now therefore humbly propose my own thoughts, which I hope will not be liable to the least objection. Verbal Irony/Sarcasm landlords, who, as they have already devoured most of the parents, seem to have the best title to Finally 1. While the topic of A Modest Proposal is serious and the proposal shocking and terrible, the essay does have humorous elements. What makes it humorous? 2. The target of Swifts satire is the

poverty in Ireland. What makes the satirical essay an effective method for drawing attention to this problem? 3. Today, as in Swifts time, the satirical essay can be a potent weapon in calling for social change. What present-day situation or event would make a good subject for a satirical essay? How could the subject be satirized? Make a judgment The proposal in A Modest Proposal is/is not effective satire because Satirical Essays Questions after Reading Article pg 5 packet Summary: Is it satire?

If yes, what folly (foolishness) or vice (serious flaw) is being ridiculed? Are there several follies or vices ridiculed? Okay, our outlandish satirical essays are funny, and serious, but not serious due to irony BUT they make some excellent (albeit ridiculous) points! Lets look at the arguments/evidence Argument 1 for Packet Essay Not knowing Geography is not the students fault Highlight the evidence for this argument seen in the essay. A Modest Proposal for the Educational System Questions page 3 of your packet

What does Megan Pankiewicz compare students in schools to? What is she literally saying about schools? What is her tone? What change in schools is she trying to inspire? Your Modest Proposal for the Educational System You will be assigned a group and a topic Your task is to create a satire to inspire change in societys way of thinking about that topic. You can use whatever media you choose Cartoon Essay Multimedia

You will present your satire to the class Sample What does the cartoon literally state? What change is it calling for? Is it effective Satire? Explain.

Recently Viewed Presentations

  • Psychopharmacology and Other Biologic Treatments

    Psychopharmacology and Other Biologic Treatments

    Comprehensive Family Assessment Collection of all relevant data related to family health, psychological well-being and social functioning to identify problems for which the nurse can generate nursing diagnoses Relationship Building with Families Give time and attention to developing a relationship...
  • How Reasonable Is an Argument From Majority in Judicial Debates?

    How Reasonable Is an Argument From Majority in Judicial Debates?

    A statute enacted is their reasoning - not very sophisticated?!? ... In bare majority decisions (e.g. 5 - 4), where perhaps an entire statute is struck down, the pragmatic value of a single vote deciding the outcome of the voting...
  • Called to Leadership: A Biblical Perspective The Charism

    Called to Leadership: A Biblical Perspective The Charism

    The call of Saint Peter (Luke 5:1-11) ... When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, "Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man." For astonishment at the catch of fish they...
  • Chapter 6: Social Interaction

    Chapter 6: Social Interaction

    An audience often overlooks flaws in a performance, allowing an actor to avoid embarrassment. If we do point out a misstep, we do it quietly and only to help someone avoid an even greater loss of face. Ex: "Psst… your...
  • Football Gate Receipts - San Diego Unified School District

    Football Gate Receipts - San Diego Unified School District

    income from 2013 football game gate receipts FOOTBALL INCOME: (List data for each scheduled game. Please attach Report of Income from Scheduled Games and Financial Recap - Athletic Event for each contest.)
  • Presentation - California

    Presentation - California

    This is in the 45th slot to be covered in the AA discussion. ... Hydrogeomorphic Model for New Inset Floodplain Formation, Mokelumne River Downstream of Camanche Dam ... Will change requested amount to budget summary amount of $1,497,500. Should double...
  • United States History

    United States History

    It started a series of Indian Wars on the Great Plains. It supported their existing cultural traditions. Question 5. 5. Which factor helped farmers on the Great Plains overcome opposition from cattle ranchers? Ranchers refused to divide up the open...
  • The Great Depression - Richmond County School System

    The Great Depression - Richmond County School System

    Great Depression When the stock market crashed and businesses closed, many people were unemployed and did not have any money or anyway to make money. This period was known as the Great Depression. The Great Depression was a time of...