A Modest Proposal By Jonathan Swift

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“A modest proposal” by Jonathan Swift is an essay, which was written to elaborate the poverty of people in Ireland. Where poor viewed as having an absence of worth in the public eye, playing no essential part in more noteworthy else 's benefit of the people. Swift uses situational irony in this essay which also represented a work of satire. By definition situational irony happens when the final outcome is opposing to what was expected. Basically his proposal was for poor children roaming around the streets. This proposal would protect these poor children from future inequality and being burden on their parents. In this essay situational and verbal occurs due to the economic crisis in Ireland during 1700s. Having looked at the title, “The Modest Proposal”, which is ironic itself because the word “modest” means to be fair or acceptable, but people did not felt fair or accepting this proposal. The economy was not stable in Ireland during 1700s; large amount of people went into poverty, hence Swift came up with a proposal. This was for poor children who were seen as burden on their parents. Here swift suggests that Ireland’s overpopulation problem has redefined the physical landscape of the country. In other words, that Ireland has become very populated, which is affecting the country’s physical appearance in terms of agriculture. It’s ironic that restrictions on agriculture prevent the land from being develop, while landowners are neglecting their responsibilities on daily

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