English 1022E Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: A Modest Proposal, Jonathan Swift, The Satirist

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Exordium: from beginning to i shall now propose. Reputation: from i can think of no objection . 1: consumption, parody of scientific treaties, oration structure. Irony: a combination of meaning it", not meaning it, and not not meaning it. Problems at the heart of this text that we should think about. Lessen the number of papists among us he was an anglican, who was deeply opposed to papists. Could be swifts own idea creeping in there. Talks about using skin as gloves and boots (nazis made lampshades out of human skin (!)) Although he"s concealed behind the proposer, he"s still jonathan swift. He can say one thing, mean another, and then not not mean the second one. Even at the heart of someone who is trying to be into right reason, there can still be some insanity there which we see in these three things. Satire, or militant irony, needs two basic things in order to operate.

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