History Literature / AModestProposal

27th Sep '17 12:57:09 PM Jeduthun
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''A Modest Proposal'' (full title: ''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 Publick'') was written in 1729 by Irish satirist Creator/JonathanSwift. It starts off like a modern essay detailing the hardships of the Irish people who are living in poverty and how [[/UsefulNotes/TheIrishQuestion the current means of fixing the problem]] are inadequate. Then Swift presents his own idea, ostensibly relayed from an "American friend":

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''A Modest Proposal'' (full title: ''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 Publick'') was written in 1729 by Irish satirist Creator/JonathanSwift. It starts off like a modern essay detailing the hardships of the Irish people who are living in poverty and how [[/UsefulNotes/TheIrishQuestion [[UsefulNotes/TheIrishQuestion the current means of fixing the problem]] are inadequate. Then Swift presents his own idea, ostensibly relayed from an "American friend":
27th Sep '17 12:54:04 PM Jeduthun
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''A Modest Proposal'' (full title: ''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 Publick'') was written in 1729 by Irish satirist Creator/JonathanSwift. It starts off like a modern essay detailing the hardships of the Irish people who are living in poverty and how the current means of fixing the problem are inadequate. Then Swift presents his own idea, ostensibly relayed from an "American friend":

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''A Modest Proposal'' (full title: ''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 Publick'') was written in 1729 by Irish satirist Creator/JonathanSwift. It starts off like a modern essay detailing the hardships of the Irish people who are living in poverty and how [[/UsefulNotes/TheIrishQuestion the current means of fixing the problem problem]] are inadequate. Then Swift presents his own idea, ostensibly relayed from an "American friend":
7th Apr '17 3:19:26 PM Tabs
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* BlatantLies: Swift insists that he's being serious about his proposal.



%%* DontExplainTheJoke
19th Dec '16 5:14:37 PM 04tele
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* HeroicSelfDeprecation: The ideas that the author advances as potentially good but practically useless schemes for improving the conditions of the Irish are all ideas that Swift himself had advanced, at one time or another.
5th Nov '16 8:13:25 PM Fireblood
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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. 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.
* KillThePoor: More like, "Make The Poor Sell Their Children For Food," but you get the idea.
* 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."

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* HypocriticalHumor: Swift regrets that he cannot contribute to these the 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.
* KillThePoor: More like, like "Make The Poor Sell Their Children For Food," but you get the idea.
* LetsSeeYouDoBetter: A passage near the end can be summarized as, 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."



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

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* RefugeInAudacity: Gives This gives the satire a good bit of its effect.
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]].
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