Essay about Effectiveness of a Modest Proposal

1215 WordsFeb 19, 20065 Pages
The year is 1729. Life in Dublin, Ireland consists of less living and more suffering. Over population and poverty become every family's newest members. Catholics and Protestants are in constant struggle, as their two hundred year battle continues in the land of green. One man filled with bitterness takes on the task of slapping fellow countrymen in the face with reality. One man named Jonathan Swift provides the hand. Jonathan Swift writes "A Modest Proposal" with "no other motive than the public good of my country." He writes criticism upon the countrymen of Ireland, upon the masses. With his proposal, Swift's "intention is very far from being confined to provide only for the children of professed beggars," because he wants to…show more content…
If sold properly, a mother should make about 8 schillings net profit from selling her child. In his mind, the practice of selling and eating kids will help the home front as well. Husbands will treat their wives with more respect, and in turn mothers will begin to value their children. The author concludes that if this project is taken into action it will do more to solve Ireland's complex social, political, and economic problems than another other proposal. Yet Swift's proposal is hopes to solve the problem in a different way than eating babies. In the real world, "A Modest Proposal" is anything but modest, and this was Swift's point. Multiple techniques used throughout the piece make this an effective idea. One of his techniques is the use of satire, which is anything less than ingenious. The proposal, in reality, is vulgar and inhumane, and thus becomes effective. Sarcasm becomes a great tool for the use of satire. Human kind would never support such an outlandish idea. To the speaker, the proposal becomes the panacea over all other ideas because a solution is "utterly impossible by all the methods hitherto proposed." Although he knows other ideas will work, he is making an obvious challenge for others to come up with their own solution. Throughout the piece Swift's satire becomes a challenge to the masses, that if this idea is so wrong, he wants the public to find their own solution. By approaching such a
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