Background . A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift. Historical Note. End of 1600s abrupt change in literary style 1660 date of Restoration & end of Oliver Cromwell’s reign Restoration Charles II (monarchy) – new court French influence Religion: Catholic Church in decline
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A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift
- tends to be ambiguous
- becomes satiric when real meaning appears to contradict surface meaning
- “A Modest Proposal” by Jonathan Swift