A Modest Proposal | Critical Essay by John W. Tilton

This literature criticism consists of approximately 16 pages of analysis & critique of A Modest Proposal.
This section contains 4,423 words
(approx. 15 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Robert F. Willson Jr.

Critical Essay by John W. Tilton

SOURCE: Tilton, John W. “The Two ‘Modest Proposals’: A Dual Approach to Swift's Irony.” Bucknell Review 14, no. 3 (1966): 78-88.

In the following essay, Tilton suggests that A Modest Proposal may be interpreted in two different ways; one concerning the aesthetic art of satire and the other as a contemporaneous utilitarian commentary.

Supposedly agreement was reached long ago on the peculiar mode of Swift's irony in A Modest Proposal. If any principle seemed to be established in Swiftian criticism it is that a persona functions as the putative author of the Proposal. In the public-spirited Irish economist who methodically, reasonably develops a plan to alleviate the distress of the Irish poor, Swift is parodying the political arithmeticians of the time and exploding their basic tenet, the popular economic dictum that “People are...

(read more)

This section contains 4,423 words
(approx. 15 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Robert F. Willson Jr.