A Modest Proposal Response

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Modest Proposal Response Emily Pendyk Parsons AP English 11 December 18, 2011 Dear Mr. Smarmy: I am writing in response to your request of the elimination of Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” from the classrooms, libraries, and the school system as a whole. Let me begin by telling you that I took what you said into deep consideration, but after discussing with the work with some of the English teachers at Martin’s Groves Junior High School and conducting research on my own time, it’s become clear that Swift’s purpose of writing is not to encourage people to eat children, because it is satirical writing. I can reassure you that if Swift was really promoting cannibalism, I would remove it immediately from the curriculum. It is…show more content…
For example, in paragraph 27, Swift claims one of the advantages of his proposal would be the improved treatment of wives by their husbands. Once the women are pregnant, the men see an important role of their wives in the economy. Their wives could potentially give birth to a fat, profitable child that could be worth a lot of money. This is humorous because Swift compares the men’s admiration towards their pregnant spouses to, “their mares in foal, their cows in calf, or sow when they are ready to farrow.” The comparison of children to livestock is completely absurd, but because Swift isn’t really proposing that to be true, it is a humorous situation. I hope you consider my explanation when you review Swift’s essay in the future, and understand the irony he uses in this purely satirical piece. My intentions in this response were strictly assisting you in understanding the purpose and techniques of Swift, and not offending you in any way, shape, or form. I appreciate your participation and concern in your child’s education, however I stand by the board’s decision to include “A Modest Proposal” in the curriculum, because it serves as a symbol of morality and decency against corruption through it’s use of self-mocking irony. I hope you agree. Sincerely, Dr. Fredrick F. Farquarie,
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