Hunter S. Thompson 's Fear and Loathing in America: The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist , which contains hundreds of private letters written by Thompson over the years, contains a letter in which he uses A Modest Proposal' s satire technique against the Vietnam War . Thompson writes a letter to a local Aspen newspaper informing them that, on Christmas Eve, he was going to use napalm to burn a number of dogs and hopefully any humans they find. This letter protests against the burning of Vietnamese people occurring overseas.
Hitting the word count for a given assignment can sometimes be tough. If your teacher or professor set a particular page count, he or she probably did so for a reason. In all likelihood, it would be difficult to do a good job going under the required page count. Therefore, if your essay is on the short side, there's probably room to expand the content. Read over your essay and be critical of your writing. Look for moments and paragraphs where additional facts, resources, and quotations may be needed. Then, go in and add this information to your essay. With a little time and dedication, you should be able to stretch your essay out to the proper page count.