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Bell Ringer 3/14
  • Although satire is usually meant to be funny, its greater purpose is often constructive social criticism. Wit can be used as a weapon.
  • Full Title: A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People From Being a Burden to Their Parents or Country, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Public(k)
a modest proposal

A Modest Proposal


Reading Check

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1. Instead of working, the poor mothers are forced to beg.

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2. The excess children should sell themselves to Barbados as slaves.

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3. It costs two shillings to feed a child for ten solar years.

A shilling is a former British coin.

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4. Women do not keep illegitimate children because it is expensive even though the women are proud of their fertility.

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5. There is simply not enough work (handicraft, agriculture, house building, land culturing) in Ireland to employ everyone.

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6. The eating of infants will help the poverty and starvation in Ireland.

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7. The babies will be sold at the age of three solar years.

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8. Most infants will be ready for sale right about now…in March… or nine months after Lent.

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9. Sweater and coats can be made with dyed carcasses.

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10. Older children taste better than younger children.

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11. The bodies of executed criminals are eaten as a prime dainty in Formosa.

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12. The older, poorer members will benefit because baby meat is very healthy and will prolong their lives.

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13. This proposal will decrease the Papists (Catholic) population in Ireland.

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14. This proposal will give the poor something of value to own.

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15. The nation’s stock and wealth will plummet with the population decline.

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16. The breeders will only need to take care of the children until sold at the age of one year.

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17. This proposal increase the custom of taverns because of the new food.

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18. The selling of children will ruin marriage, endanger infants, and increase domestic violence.

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19. The only objection will be the kingdom of Ireland’s increase of the population.

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20. Jonathon Swift proposes this because he had several children to sell.

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Mini Discussion Prompts

Row 1(Door): Identify a real issue in Ireland addressed by the pamphlet.

Row 2: Describe the tone of the pamphlet. Describe how it was written.

Row 3: Explain the significance of eating a baby vs. an adult.

Row 4: Rate the effectiveness of the piece 1-5 (high) and explain why.

Row 5 (Window): Identify a modern social issue that needs a “modest” proposal.

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A Modest Proposal…
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