Analysis Of A Modest Proposal By Jonathan Swift

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Upon reading, A Modest Proposal, by Johnathan Swift I was absolutely speechless. Inside were mixed feelings of disgust, sadness, and confusion. Yet somehow still, I was intrigued to know more about the author and the time period in which he lived. What stood out to me the most of the proposal were the different ways given by Swift to cook a child. Swift states, “a young healthy child well nursed, is, at a year old, a most delicious nourishing and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled.” The 17th and 18th century was known as the Enlightenment period or the Age of Reason. This was a time for justice, morality, law, government, and basic human rights; a very monumental time period for all of mankind. In religion, deism was on the rise. Deism is the belief that a God had created and designed the world but did not directly interfere with lives. Literature begat novels, the first encyclopedia, and the invention of the printing press. This gave all citizens the chance to broaden knowledge and stay informed; not just the wealthy. Politically, Jefferson served as 3rd president, founded the University of Virginia, and drafted the Declaration of Independence. During the Enlightenment, changes were aplenty, opportunities were bountiful, and lives were transformed. Jonathan Swift was born on November 30, 1667 in Dublin, Ireland. The early years of his life proved difficult as he was born fatherless into poverty alongside suffering from Menagerie's Disease. After
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