A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift

A Modest Proposal

By Jonathan Swift

  • Release Date: 1984-01-01
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
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A Modest Proposal, is a Juvenalian satirical essay. Swift suggests that the impoverished Irish might ease their economic troubles by selling their children as food for rich gentlemen and ladies. This satirical hyperbole mocks heartless attitudes towards the poor, as well as Irish policy in general.


  • Classic. Brilliant. Dark. Hilarious.

    By TheNthMouse
    Perhaps the quintessential Jonathan Swift. The language is only slightly archaic. A must-read for even the more poorly read individual. Perhaps sadly, a classic satire whose timeliness persists to the modern day (A.D. 2016). A short read as well. Those whose stomachs turn easily may prefer to avoid this material (comparable to "Sweeney Todd"), but I recommend it to be read instead. In part, to fortify one's constitution, and also because the basic principles expressed herein are too important for one's stomach to get the better of one's mind.
  • Spectacular.

    By Emma8432
    Swift has such a concise but still descriptive style of writing. His sarcasm is caustic, yet still he presents his argument "civilly."
  • Short but fun

    By AHsu42388
    I enjoy a nice, short read. This short, opinion-based literature was certainly worth my time. Its satirical nature is a tad undetectable for the unaware, as the author is quite convincing with not only logic but also with the manner in which he presented. I would definitely recommend this quick read, whether you're on a plane or car ride, or stalling before bedtime, or anywhere else you have some free time.
  • Interesting

    By Astley Martin
    Had a teacher tell me about this book. Thought I'd look it up. As my title states, it's... interesting, for lack of another word.
  • I don't know what to say....

    By Nabla!
    This guys is absolutely crazy. I wonder how much people he ate and how much he convinced to eat children with this book.
  • A lesson for our time

    By Redseth
    Surely this is a lesson for our time. The policies advocated by our Solons in the Capitol to reduce wasteful spending on food and medical care for those who will not work has the unintended effect of producing increasing numbers of deaths from starvation and disease. Rather than incurring the expense of disposing of these remains we should strive to develop a process by which these remains could be processed into a tasty food supplement. This could be provide at an appropriate price to the remaining destitute. Eventually the market would establish an equilibrium whereby the poor would be self supporting.
  • Nice!

    By AmericanIdiot1997
    This is a very interesting piece of literature. I enjoyed it.
  • Swift is hard to beat

    By Dire Wolf
    The more dismal and repressive the existence, the more biting and outrageous the satire, and when it comes to biting satire and social commentary, Swift is one of the very best.
  • Satire at its finest!

    By Joey foey
    I'm not much of a reader, however, I am thoroughly amused and intrigued by this essay. Swift has an incredible and creatively genius mind to be able to come up with an idea as outlandish yet convincing argument as this one. I ah first read this in high school and loved every ounce of the content. Years later I still respect the creativeness and uniqueness of his writing. I recommend this to anyone with a sense of humor and wit.
  • Not for sensitive people!

    By Def.notalex
    This book is satire at its best! With a sick twist and a dark and vulgar mood throughout. I loved it. -Some may find offensive