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A Modest ProposalCould you please pitch you own original ideas of " A Modest Proposal"...

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workingsofthe... | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted January 28, 2012 at 9:29 AM via web

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A Modest Proposal

Could you please pitch you own original ideas of " A Modest Proposal" that you would possibly make. It must be satirical and should refrain from using personal and extremely controversial ideas. When speaking with my own teacher, I had initially proposed ridiculing the concept and support of American society for abortion or homosexual marriages, but she deemed these topics to "personal" I have come up with a few topics on my own, but am unsure if they will suffice. One idea was to ridicule the adolescent "need" to mature before it is morally or ethically appropriate. The target was going to be young, skimply clad women (otherwise known as "sluts" in today's common society). My proposal was to begin the dating phase at the age of five and have children married by ten. In this way, they will no longer have to go out of their ways to become the young, mature women that they strive to be. Any feedback at all is greatly appreciated!

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 28, 2012 at 10:29 AM (Answer #2)

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That sounds to me as if it should work.  To really mirror Swift, though, you should be sure to think about who it is that benefits from girls "maturing" earlier than you would like or who is pushing them to do this.  Is it the clothing manufacturers?  Is it parents?  Swift clearly targets the rich of England for exploiting the Irish poor.  Who is causing the problems that you identify and why are they doing it?

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vangoghfan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 28, 2012 at 1:31 PM (Answer #3)

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You could substitute excess dogs and cats for the children Swift discusses and argue that they should be eaten rather than euthanized.  However, that may be too close to Swift's idea to win your teacher's approval.

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted January 29, 2012 at 12:07 AM (Answer #4)

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The topic you outlined seems rather close to the personal opinions about homosexuals or abortion. Calling someone a slut isn't likely to go over well with your teacher. While I personally agree that many young women dress inappropriately, that's a personal opinion and not a societal issue. Swift wrote about the treatment of the Irish, poverty, and other societal issues. I would look for something a with a broader scope for all of society rather than something as personal as clothing choices. The economy leaves a lot of room for satire right now. You could look at some of the 99% campaign to get ideas. I gave this project to my students as well. Some of the things they wrote about were economic issues, school system policies, some of our school policies, student apathy towards education, etc. Pick something that you feel needs change or attention but pick something that is less personal opinion and more fact.
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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 7, 2012 at 7:52 AM (Answer #5)

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I think your idea is good. It's not as sensitive as homosexuality, and there is more potential humor in it. The key is to focus on the idea's potential positives, and discuss them in all seriousness as if you really think this is the best plan and it will solve all of our problems.

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