Essay on Jonathan Swift

The Rotten Society

The article “A Modest Proposal” by Jonathan Swift is a form of writing with irony as a way of presenting his grievances. In his writing, the author presents the problems faced by the poor in the 19th century in his home country Ireland. Speaking about the mode of writing, this article has no difference from […]

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A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift: Review

A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift: A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift was written in 1720 as a satirical piece to highlight the child abuse inflicted on Irish catholic children by well to do English protestants. Swifts native heritage of Ireland put him in an excellent position as an observer and, eventually, a commentator, on […]

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Jonathan Swift and George Orwell

Jonathan Swift and George Orwell may come from very different times- Swift in a country in turmoil during the eighteenth century, Ireland and Orwell in England while Europe was struggling to overcome the strife of the end of World War Two. These dissimilar backgrounds caused the two writers to write profoundly divergent texts. Yet A […]

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Review of Modest Proposal

“A Modest Proposal” is an evocative essay written by Jonathan Swift in 1729. It effectively addresses one of the great ills of the time – the economic meltdown and endemic depravity afflicting Ireland, via the creation of Swift’s persona of an Anglo-Irish landowner who believes he has the solution to Ireland’s immense social problems. The […]

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Humanism in Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels

Introduction: Man has always been interested in the discovery of the unknown. The movement of the human species in search of better survival opportunities has been a prime driving force in the cross-exchange of information, philosophy and culture, and intellectual evolution. Ever since the sixteenth century, travelogues have found a place in civilizing man. Homer’s […]

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The Social Criticism in the Works by Jonathan Swift and Oliver Goldsmiths

Both, Jonathan Swift and Oliver Goldsmiths use satire in their works but they use it for different purposes. Swift uses satire as a tool to fight social vices. He uses it in two main approaches. First of all, he uses satire to make a point at current faults of the society and to highlight necessary […]

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Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal

In 1729, Ireland was made up of seventy percent Catholics. The country was run by a Protestant ruler and was against the Irish. The ruler of Ireland at the time made any penalizations he could at the Catholic people of Ireland which, in turn, made them extremely poor. Jonathan Swift’s article, A Modest Proposal, gives […]

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The Surprise Ending

In Jonathan Swift’s essay A Modest Proposal, the author uses satire in the essay and the title itself, to make a point about the English government allowing the citizens of Ireland to starve to death. The proposal that he makes is by no means “modest,” hence the sarcastic edge surrounding the title. The essay was […]

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Alexander Pope And Jonathan Swift As Satirists Similarities And Dissimilarities

Johnson in his Dictionary defines satire as a poem “in which wickedness or folly is censured” J.A Cuddon in his Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory calls this definition by Johnson “a limiting one” while comparing this definition with Dryden’s whose claim is that “The true end of satire is the amendment of vices […]

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