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09/04/2019

Can anyone help me to explain the irony of “A Modest Proposal” by Jonathan Swift??

QUESTION
Can anyone help me to explain the irony of “A Modest Proposal” by Jonathan Swift??
Can anyone help me to explain the irony of “A Modest Proposal” by Jonathan Swift??
Swift seems to deliberatly write what he doesn’t mean.
SO what does he mean?
WHat is his thesis?
****Why do you think he chose an ironic presentation?

Any insight on this would be appreiated!! 🙂

ANSWER
Type of Work: Satire

“A Modest Proposal” is a satire, a literary work that attacks or pokes fun at vices, abuses, stupidity, and/or any other fault or imperfection. Satire may make the reader laugh at, or feel disgust for, the person or thing satirized. Impishly or sardonically, it criticizes someone or something, using wit and clever wording–and sometimes makes outrageous assertions or claims. The main purpose of a satire is to spur readers to remedy the problem under discussion. The main weapon of the satirist is verbal irony, a figure of speech in which words are used to ridicule a person or thing by conveying a meaning that is the opposite of what the words say.

http://www.cummingsstudyguides.net/ModProposal.html#Satire

A Modest Proposal – Jonathan Swift

Features: Chapter-By-Chapter Summary and Commentary, Plot Summary, Character Descriptions, Literary Analysis – Themes.

http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/modestproposal/

http://www.novelguide.com/amodestproposal/

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