John Kennedy Toole and Jonathan Swift
Kind of Activity:
Students will compare two text written in the same tradition and discuss their commonalities and differences.
Common Core Standards:
It is clear from its title that A Confederacy of Dunces was inspired by the work of the satirist, Jonathan Swift. In this activity, students will read A Modest Proposal by Swift and discuss where they see Swift's influence in Toole's writing. A copy of the full text with a helpful glossary can be found at readwritethink.org or via this link: A Modest Proposal. (If you wanted to extend this lesson into a more in-depth...
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