A Modest Proposal

Historical Context

As a political piece, Swift's "A Modest Proposal" the essay expresses Swift's frustration with the problems of Ireland and the British impact on those problems. In Ireland, the people lived in awful conditions because of absentee landlords (who lived in England). Swift believed that the upper-class British citizens and government were ignoring their responsibilities and looking away from the obvious horrid conditions of the British.

Swift's believe that there were solutions to this problem but there were many questions that needed to be asked in order to address the poverty issue. 1. When the state is unresponsive to the needs of its people, what recourse is there? 2. How does a citizen effectively protest or complain?

This video gives and overview of Swift's life and his involvement in England. Watch the video from the beginning to about 5:15 (when she starts to talk about Gulliver's Travels).

Now that you've had a chance to get a little more context behind the issues that prompted Swift to write his essay, respond to the 2 Padlet Questions. Be sure that your name is included, otherwise you will not get credit for this section of the Blendspace.