A Modest Proposal By Jonathan Swift

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Satire in “A Modest Proposal” and Different Articles Jonathan Swift, author of “A Modest Proposal,” tries to present different ideas in order to change the situation of Ireland. Through his proposal, he is able to get people’s attention, and the way he uses satire throughout the article made his argument more successful. He wrote this essay to show how ignored and bad the state of Ireland and its social classes are. In “A Modest Proposal”, Swift effectively uses rhetorical exaggeration to express his offense towards England’s politicians, and the status of the poor people in the country in the late seventeenth century. His purpose was to raise awareness of what was taking place in that society. Swift expresses his growing annoyance towards the inability of the politicians, the hypocrisy of the rich, the brutality of the English, and the degrading situations in which the Irish people were living in. Swift was trying to persuade the people by proposing this extreme and unusual way for the purpose of provoking them to come up with the right solutions. On the other hand, the Onion is an organization that publishes articles on international, national, and local news. In the following paragraphs, there are similarities and differences between Swift’s essay’s satire and some articles from the Onion. The similar idea that is included both in “A modest proposal” and the Onion article is that: Swift proposes that selling babies of the poor for food and clothing could improve

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