A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift

A Modest Proposal

By Jonathan Swift

  • Release Date: 1984-01-01
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
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A Modest Proposal, is a Juvenalian satirical essay. Swift suggests that the impoverished Irish might ease their economic troubles by selling their children as food for rich gentlemen and ladies. This satirical hyperbole mocks heartless attitudes towards the poor, as well as Irish policy in general.


  • A Modest Proposal

    By Wangchungggu
    What can you stay,scandalous then, classic now.
  • A wonderful satire

    By CelynD
    Swift's Modest Proposal is a fantastically humorous piece of historical satire. Depicting the squaller rampant across the Ireland in the 18th century. Swift's proposition to cull the orphans, poor, begards and subsistance famers for the dinner table of the elite speaks volumes on the perception of the Irish in the eyes of the English.