A Modest Proposal By Jonathan Swift

910 Words Dec 12th, 2015 4 Pages
Equality then and now Progress is measured by time some people say, but how much time does it take for humans to have equality for everyone around the world? In 1792, Jonathan Swift drafted an essay “A Modest Proposal” to bring awareness of a particular group of people being mistreated and victimized. Fast forward 284 years later, Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech “I Have a Dream” bringing more public awareness of another group of people being mistreated and victimized. Today, 52 years later we are still struggling for human rights and equality; as a result, I feel our country is still just as torn now as it was 286 years ago. Jonathan Swifts “A Modest Proposal” is speaking to the English Government and wealthy land owners, on the poverty stricken Irish families and the inhumanities he had to witness. The English Government at the time did little to nothing for the wondering begging families. The wealthy just passed by them in the streets ignoring the begging families. Swift makes a proposal in the essay speaking to the government and the wealthy land owners to take care of the beggar’s children, so the children have a chance at equality and making them useful members of the common wealth. “In the present deplorable state of the kingdom a very great additional grievance; and therefore whoever could find out a fair, cheap, and easy method of making these children sound, useful members of the common wealth would deserve so well of the public as to have his statue set up…
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