Monday, June 19, 2006

Module 5 Assignment 3

A satire is a literary work containing wit, irony and sarcasm. In “A Modest Proposal” John Swift writes that a poor women who needed money could sell on of her babies to a rich person for food. Says this so it would solve the problem of overpopulation. These children would not have to starve to death by being on the streets. They could have a good home and food. He wants to help the poor people in Ireland. He really doesn’t want the children to be eaten but he jokes about how the children are in season at the age of 1 year old. The response from Lady Mary Wortley Montagu suggests that women do not get the credit that they deserve. She says that people think of women only as a pretty face and nothing else. She also makes fun of Swift by trying to mimic his writing style.

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