Some weeks I may generally suggest you look more at a theme or symbol, and in other weeks I may ask you to focus on things like characterization. How you choose to focus things more specifically or what you would choose to focus on would be up to you. Keep in mind that your initial post needs to be at least words in length you may want to type it in a word processing program to keep track of the word count and then paste things over , and the initial post should be posted before Friday at midnight Central Time of each week. You do need to also respond to two classmate postings each week, with a minimum of 50 words for each of those postings, by Sunday at midnight.
The New Republic
The Project Gutenberg eBook of Essays, by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Jonathan Swift's essay, "A Modest Proposal," brilliantly employed satire to deliver serious political commentary on the abuses inflicted on poor Irish families by their well-to-do English landlords. Swift, writing as if a statistician who had solved the problems of the poor, unveiled the theory that the Irish could sell their babies as food to the English. Swift wrote the essay anonymously and in pamphlet form, which at the time was the format for political rallying cries. He ends "A Modest Proposal" with a disclosure that he has nothing personal to gain from the scheme, since his children are too old to make tasty dishes and his wife is past child-bearing age. The essay remains one of the most shocking satires in print, and a primer for satirical essays, such as those found in publications like "The Onion.
An Introduction to Satire: A Modest Proposal
The proposal itself—that the Irish should eat their babies—is satirical, too, because it makes fun of people who propose absurd things thinking that they are practical. How does this contribute to the effectiveness of his piece? Answer: If Swift had not published his piece anonymously, readers may have been less likely to consider it serious.
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