Irony In A Modest Proposal

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Jonathan Swift, one of the greatest writers in the world, used lots of satires in his article “A Modest Proposal” in order to criticize the disability of the ancient hierarchical society in the Ireland, the anti-human behaviors, the tyranny of the wealth English and the superior method of Irish Catholic. Although the tone and the words used in the article all show the ironies, the examples narrator used most strongly showed the irony.

The title of the article is “A Modest proposal” because the article was based on the famine in the 18th century when Irish were also suffered from the high taxes made by the landlords in the Ireland. So the condition of the country was really like a disaster where “they are every Day dying, and rotting” (Swift …show more content…

Furthermore, the narrator provided detailed reasons in the moral side to prove the benefits of eating children in a objective and persuasive way, “that it will prevent those voluntary abortions and that horrid practice of Women murdering their innocent babes” (Swift 2). This tone is …show more content…

The narrator used the upright and normal way to indicate that eating infants were normal and people don’t feel guilty, “a young healthy child well nursed is at a year old, a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked or boiled” (Swift 3), “Infants’s flesh will be in season throughout the year” (Swift 3), “An infant can make four dishes” (Swift 3), “As we do roasting pigs (Swift 4)”. It might be really uncomfortable for the normal people, but the narrator just illustrated the dishes of infant as the pig meat in the market, as a metaphor, peacefully, so this ironically revealed the attitude of the wealthy people and the government’s indifferences to the Irish. Moreover, no people in the government, high level in the society, against this idea, and everyone were enjoyed eating infants and they merited thought they helped people from suffering and this proposal was unparalleled contribution to the world and the country, “the nation’s stock will be thereby increased fifty thousand pounds per annum” (Swift 6), “I have not the least personal interest in endeavoring to promote this necessary work, having no longer other Motive than the public Good of my country, by advancing the trade, providing for infants, relieving the poor and giving some Pleasure ti Rich” (Swift 9). This ironically dispute the

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