Studying Swift's Essay

Why Swift Wrote the Essay as He Did

Work Time

In trios, take a look at “A Modest Proposal” and consider why Swift wrote the essay as he did.

  • Why not write a straight-out column, as Kristof did, or simply describe the ravages of Irish poverty?

Share the insights your trio group discussed with the rest of the class. Build on each other’s ideas.

  • How do you think Swift’s contemporaries reacted to his essay?