Reader Response - most entertaining. The manner in which...

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a modest proposal By Jonathan Swift. This satyrical piece focused much of the article on the author's plan to take from the homeless and needy their children to be sold as food. towards the end of the article the author hit upon the topics which he was earnestly addressing. These topics were a great many, involving items such as "curing the expensiveness of pride, vanity, idleness, and gaming in our women" and "teaching landlords to have at least one degree of mercy towards their tenants". Truly this was a piece for the ages as many of the issues he earnestly addresses were, are, and likely will always be a primary issue confronting all societies(though I believe 'gaming' is an issue that ought to be gotten rid of in all sexes). I very much enjoyed this article, although admittedly due to my amusement at dark humor such as this. I feel the authors syterical writing style not only helped illustrate his point, but I also found it
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Unformatted text preview: most entertaining. The manner in which the author presented the actual topics of his piece(as a sort of footnote to the main article of slaughtering and eating infants) deserves notice as well, the way he said this was somewhat along the lines of, "well, if we're not going to be addressing these issues, to actually advance society. .. we may as well eat babies". A good article indeed. My only complaint about this article is that the author, as many who write on topics of societal shortcomings, is that there was no suggestion as to how the issues could be confronted- and possibly resolved. I feel writing of this sort only increases unrest amongst those of us who recognize problems, though potentially increasing dialogue it gives no push in a direction to help with brainstorming. Perhaps unrest is the point....
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This note was uploaded on 03/11/2010 for the course WRITING 1 taught by Professor Jonmelencamp during the Spring '10 term at École Normale Supérieure.

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