Study Guide

A Modest Proposal Allusions

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Literary References

  • Francois Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantagruel (13)
  • George Psalmanazar, Historical and Geographical Description of Formosa (18)

Historical References

  • James Francis Edward Stuart (the Pretender), son of James II who was deposed from throne over Catholicism (1)
  • Barbados, where Irish immigrated due to poverty (1)
  • Roman Emperor Titus, who invaded and captured a divided Jerusalem in 70 BCE (28)

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