History Literature / AModestProposal

19th Nov '15 5:07:07 PM MAI742
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* WritersCannotDoMath: Swift says that one fourth of the children saved for breeding should be male, and that "one male will be sufficient to serve four females." If one fourth of the children are male, each would have to "serve" three, not four females.

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* WritersCannotDoMath: Swift says that one fourth of the children saved for breeding should be male, and that "one male will be sufficient to serve four females." If one fourth of the children are male, each would have to "serve" three, not four females. [[PoesLaw It could just be part and parcel of the satire, though, for all we know. ]]
19th Nov '15 5:05:47 PM MAI742
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* SarcasmMode: Near the end, Swift lists out a series of efficient, intelligent measures that would ''actually'' help the entire Irish economy (and the English economy, come to that), and adds that of course these are entirely too outlandish to ''ever'' work.

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* SarcasmMode: Near the end, Swift lists out a series of efficient, intelligent measures that would ''actually'' help the entire Irish economy (and the Scots and English economy, economies, come to that), and adds that of course these are entirely too outlandish to ''ever'' work.
21st Dec '14 4:21:29 PM CrowTR0bot
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* StealthParody: So intricate that it wasn't recognized as such for some time. It helped that the British reading public was so convinced of its correctness in disdaining the Irish that they couldn't see that Swift was attacking that very conviction.

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* StealthParody: So intricate that it wasn't recognized as such for some time. It helped that the British reading public was so convinced of its correctness in disdaining the Irish that [[EvilCannotComprehendGood they couldn't see that Swift was attacking that very conviction.conviction]].
20th Oct '14 11:35:30 AM MrBadAxe
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* LetsSeeYouDoBetter: A passage near the end can be summarized as, "Parliament claims to care about the poor, but when the subject is raised, nobody seems to have any good ideas. Now, I've presented mine. If you don't like it, come up with a better one."
2nd Jun '14 7:08:48 AM Jeduthun
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%%* BlackComedy
%%* BlackComedyCannibalism: Possibly the ur-example.

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%%* BlackComedy
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* BlackComedy: A shining example of the genre.
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BlackComedyCannibalism: Possibly the ur-example.UrExample.



%%* EatsBabies: The whole point.

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%%* * EatsBabies: The whole point.What Swift modestly proposes.



%%* PeopleFarm: It's the whole point.

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%%* * PeopleFarm: It's Since we already seem to treat the whole point.poor this way, Swift argues, why not go the rest of the way and eat them?



%%* RefugeInAudacity

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%%* RefugeInAudacity* RefugeInAudacity: Gives the satire a good bit of its effect.



%%* SarcasticTitle

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%%* SarcasticTitle* SarcasticTitle: Just a modest little unassuming proposal that we all start [[EatsBabies eating babies]].
24th Apr '14 1:21:14 PM thatother1dude
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* HaveAGayOldTime: To Swift's contemporaries, the label "American" would suggest a barbaric person.

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* HaveAGayOldTime: GetTheeToANunnery: To Swift's contemporaries, the label "American" would suggest a barbaric person.
13th Feb '14 8:57:57 AM FastEddie
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%%* BreadEggsMilkSquick: It ''starts out'' normally enough...

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%%* * BreadEggsMilkSquick: It ''starts out'' normally enough...



* HypocriticalHumor: Swift regrets that he cannot contribute to these scheme, as his youngest child is nine, and his wife is already past her childbearing years.
** A friend suggested the selling and eating of children between twelve and fourteen, and Swift decided that this suggestion may be bordering on cruelty, which he is ''strictly'' against.

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* HypocriticalHumor: Swift regrets that he cannot contribute to these scheme, as his youngest child is nine, and his wife is already past her childbearing years.
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years. A friend suggested the selling and eating of children between twelve and fourteen, and Swift decided that this suggestion may be bordering on cruelty, which he is ''strictly'' against.
3rd Feb '14 9:24:23 PM Whitecroc
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Needless to say many people found Swift's little joke about [[BlackComedy how the poor could sell their children to the rich for food]] to be [[{{Pun}} in poor taste.]] [[DudeNotFunny Others were shocked and appalled]]. [[StealthParody Some thought it should be seriously considered]]. [[PoesLaw Those two didn't get the joke.]]

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Needless to say many people found Swift's little joke about [[BlackComedy how the poor could sell their children to the rich for food]] to be [[{{Pun}} in poor taste.]] Others were [[DudeNotFunny Others were shocked and appalled]]. [[StealthParody Some thought it should be [[StealthParody seriously considered]]. Those two [[PoesLaw Those two didn't get the joke.]]



* BlackComedy
* BlackComedyCannibalism: Possibly the ur-example.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: It ''starts out'' normally enough...
* DontExplainTheJoke: Completely averted.
* EatsBabies / ImAHumanitarian: The whole point.
* GetTheeToANunnery / HaveAGayOldTime: [[PlayingWithATrope Something like that]] - to Swift's contemporaries, the label "American" would suggest a barbaric person.

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* %%* BlackComedy
* %%* BlackComedyCannibalism: Possibly the ur-example.
* %%* BreadEggsMilkSquick: It ''starts out'' normally enough...
* DontExplainTheJoke: Completely averted.
* EatsBabies / ImAHumanitarian:
%%* DontExplainTheJoke
%%* EatsBabies:
The whole point.
* GetTheeToANunnery / HaveAGayOldTime: [[PlayingWithATrope Something like that]] - to To Swift's contemporaries, the label "American" would suggest a barbaric person.



* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: Part of the reason some people miss the satire is that Swift precedes the eponymous proposal with an elaborate insistence that he's [[BlatantLies totally super serial, guys]].
* PeopleFarm: It's the whole point.
* PoesLaw: Perhaps the TropeMaker. Swift's over-the-top satire was taken at face value and discussed as an earnest and feasible solution for the Irish poverty problem.
* RefugeInAudacity
* SarcasmMode: Near the end, Swift lists out a series of efficient, intelligent measures that would ''actually'' help the entire Irish economy (and the English economy, come to that), and adds that of course these are entirely too outlandish to ''ever'' work. A possible example of FridgeBrilliance, in that Swift himself had seriously proposed every one of these measures at some point, and nobody in the administration had paid any attention.
* SarcasticTitle: One of the earliest examples.
* StealthParody: So intricate that it wasn't recognized as such for some time. It helped that the British reading public was so convinced of its correctness in disdaining the Irish that they couldn't see that Swift was attacking that very conviction.
** Many of Swift's satires were like that. Read Gulliver's Travels with that in mind and consider each facet of English society he was mocking.
* WhamLine: You have to start reading from the beginning to get the full impact of the line quoted in the introduction.

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* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: Part of the reason some people miss the satire is that Swift precedes the eponymous proposal with an elaborate insistence that he's [[BlatantLies totally super serial, guys]].
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being completely serious.]]
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PeopleFarm: It's the whole point.
* PoesLaw: Perhaps the TropeMaker. Swift's over-the-top satire was taken at face value and discussed as an earnest and feasible solution for the Irish poverty problem.
* %%* RefugeInAudacity
* SarcasmMode: Near the end, Swift lists out a series of efficient, intelligent measures that would ''actually'' help the entire Irish economy (and the English economy, come to that), and adds that of course these are entirely too outlandish to ''ever'' work. A possible example of FridgeBrilliance, in that Swift himself had seriously proposed every one of these measures at some point, and nobody in the administration had paid any attention.\n* SarcasticTitle: One of the earliest examples.\n
%%* SarcasticTitle
* StealthParody: So intricate that it wasn't recognized as such for some time. It helped that the British reading public was so convinced of its correctness in disdaining the Irish that they couldn't see that Swift was attacking that very conviction.
** Many of Swift's satires were like that. Read Gulliver's Travels with that in mind and consider each facet of English society he was mocking.
conviction.
* WhamLine: You have to start reading from the beginning to get the full impact of the line quoted in the introduction.about eating human babies.
5th Dec '13 2:37:51 PM Floria
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* BlackComedyCannibalism: Possibly the ur-example.
24th Oct '13 8:10:34 PM CrowTR0bot
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* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: Part of the reason some people miss the satire is that Swift precedes the eponymous proposal with an elaborate insistence that he's [[BlatantLies totally super serial, guys]].
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