A Modest Proposal By Jonathan Swift Essay

1983 Words Nov 12th, 2016 8 Pages
“A Modest Proposal” is an extremely complex piece of literature and satire. Written by Jonathan Swift, the same man who wrote Gulliver’s Travels, however this work is considerably different from Gulliver’s Travels. Swift’s more popular full length novel is a story about the human condition and the interactions among people. “A Modest Proposal” is noticeably different and, without the proper background, perplexing work due to its subject matter. It handles the complex interactions between the English and the Irish and attempts to criticize both governments and even criticize the United States. However without the proper knowledge beforehand, the reader gets lost in the history behind “A Modest Proposal” and possibly misinterpret the meaning behind the convoluted work. “A Modest Proposal” has three main parts that need to be fully explained in order for the work to be fully explained: Swift’s views and opinions, the Irish relations with the English, and the Protestant and Catholic relations in Ireland during the writing of this work. It is best to look at the early 1700’s for “A Modest Proposal” as the work was published in 1729. During the time of the writing, Swift had seen a problem with Ireland and felt it needed to be brought into light through the use of satire. Jonathan Swift wrote “A Modest Proposal” during a time wrought with mass amount of poverty and insurmountable amounts of discrimination towards the Catholic faith by the Protestant church. “A Modest…

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