Essay about Jonathan Swift

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A Hardly “Modest” Proposal Jonathan Swift is regarded as one of the most famous satirical authors in history. He uses his wit, intellect and unfortunate past as tools for projecting his words in an attempt to baffle the unknowing. He achieves this by making humorous and farfetched situations that really resemble the ridiculous things people do. In “A Modest Proposal,” Swift addresses his feelings of England’s outlandish behavior towards the "less fortunate." Swift is trying to help the English people realize the double standards they pass on the Irish and on people in general. The sole purpose of “A Modest Proposal” is to let it be known that we do not treat others equally and that humans easily become desensitized and…show more content…
It is at this point that Swift’s satire has reached its pinnacle. One cannot help but think of how they would never consider the thought of consuming another human. However, the self indulged human characteristics come out and the reader is aware of how they treat the other people. The reader starts to analyze their own actions towards fellow man letting them become exposed for all the ways they have seemingly overlooked the poor and paid little to no attention of anyone one who is “less fortunate.” This can also translated into the way the English treat the Irish, which is what Swift is trying to convey. While this proposal may seem atrocious, the actual act of being eaten was simply a parallel to how the Irish were being treated. The English people “gobbled” them up by over taxation, over indulging and lifting their (the English people’s) standards to the point where the Irish had such a lower standard of life that “being eaten” seemed like a much better way to live. This is all irony that the reader may not notice until they exam their own life. Swift’s narrator “modestly” speaks of England relationship with Ireland by stating “But as to myself, having been wearied out for many years with offering in vain, idle, visionary thoughts, and at length utterly despairing of success, I fortunately fell upon this proposal, which

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