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Teaching "Useless Mouths and Backs" from A Modest Proposal

"Useless Mouths and Backs" from A Modest Proposal

Swift wrote A Modest Proposal in 1729, when many Irish families, particularly those in poverty, were mistreated by those of the upper class. Swift did not intend for his "proposal" to be taken literally. Instead, he hoped to use satire to point out changes he felt needed to be made in his society.

Jonathan Swift
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How can humor be used to address a serious problem?


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