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The author focuses on the satirical pamphlet "A Modest Proposal" by Jonathan Swift, claiming that the original audience for the work may have been the Irish parliament in Dublin, Ireland in October 1729. The author links Swift's suggestion of killing and eating children to a subtle suggestion that the parliament cease the debate about raising revenues and take measures to reduce the debt of Ireland. The author discusses the pamphlet's satire, why it was composed, and its reception.
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This proposal is actually plausible, however, it is quite a bit outlandish. The essay can be disturbing and offensive to some readers as it may become graphic. However, Swift writes with an air of authority, as he triggers an emotional aspect of the readers when he mentions the “melancholly” [sic] sight of women and children being beggars in Ireland.
When Swift pondered over the plight of the down trodden masses of Ireland he empathized so deeply with them that he decided to raise voice against the indifference of the English towards the poverty, depravity and sufferings of the Irish people.
After the surprise, the reader becomes aware of the irony in the writing.
“A Modest Proposal” is Jonathan Swift’s scathing satire, indicting the ruthless indifference of the ruling Protestant aristocracy to the sufferings of Ireland’s poor
Many a times he treats the children like some kind of new livestock. At the end of the book, the author enumerates various reforms that could be helpful to the country. This completely changes the tone. However, the suggested reforms
2). Swift goes on to suggest means to stop the abortion and murder of infants, and ensure that poor Irish children will not be a drain on the resources of their parents and the parish, but contribute to the economy.
Swift quotes statistical data to compute the
Swift was a satirist and when a great drought high the English countryside and a great famine followed, there was great suffering by Irish peasant farmers. Regardless of the natural disaster, the English landlords still insisted on the Irish
Actually, the point in the reading when one realized that the ending would be different from what the beginning of the reading suggested that it would be was identified specifically in the ninth paragraph, Swift already insinuated that a healthy child could be turned into
Most of the beggars are mothers with several children who crowd the streets to look for food. The sole concern of these poor mothers is to provide sustenance for their children. To worsen the problem, majority of these children become criminals (e.g. traitor
In this proposal to a solution, Swift uses an example of the high number of street children in Irish streets. From this example, he highlights the areas the government has failed on its duty to eradicate poverty.
Swift asserts that