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A Modest Proposal
Transcript of A Modest Proposal
Trinity college at age 14, B.A. by 18!
Moved to England with mother due to finances
Ordained as a priest
In 1710 joined the Tories and published political pamphlet
Wrote a number of works, many religious, such as "Three Sermons and Prayers," "Against Abolishing Christianity," and "The Bickerstaff-Partridge Papers" with a satirical tone.
Background on Jonathan Swift
Parody vs. Satire
What is the difference?
by Jonathan Swift
"A Modest Proposal"
Who was Jonathan Swift?
What is the difference between a parody and a satire?
What is irony?
What did you think?
Satire or Parody?
Parody and Satire Defined
Parody - "Parody is just a mimicry of an established concept, idea, or a person"
Satire -"The use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices"
The expression of one's meaning by using language
hat normally signifies the opposite, typically
or humorous or emphatic effect.
Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1667
Came from a poor family
Spent some time in England
Moved to Ireland to live with his uncle
Attended Kilkenny Grammar School
Understanding Parody, Satire, and Irony
Who is the audience?
Who are they poking fun at?
Questions to Ask Yourself
How are these literary elements used?
Listen to the song and underline the ironic lines.
Get with a partner and see if you found the same ironic lines
"Weird Al" Yankovic
Isn't it Ironic?
Audience knows, but the character doesn't
Example: "When Romeo finds Juliet in a drugged sleep, he assumes her to be dead and kills himself. Upon awakening to find her dead lover beside her, Juliet then kills herself."
The cake is as soft as concrete
A contradiction of expectation between what is said and what is meant
(by spoken words!)
"For Her" Pen
Vocabulary in A Modest Proposal
Entrance Slip Tomorrow:
Look up the words
Use them in a sentence