Jonathan Swift 's Modest Proposal

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Jonathon Swift “Modest Proposal” is shocking satire that is supposed to bring to light the ill state of the Irish nation during the time period. Swift was making a point that the state that Ireland was in a major economic crisis and was overpopulated and was in a dire need of a solution, so he propose one. But even though this was written many years ago we can still draw inspiration form it today. The essay begins as a Proposal for a solution to the extreme poverty and over population of Ireland during the time period. But with a subtle but quick shift in tone, the essay turns grim. Swift proposes that the children of the poor should be fattened up and sold as food to rich landowners. In doing so it prevents the children of poor people of Ireland from being a burden to their parents or country, and for making them beneficial to the public. He suggested that the children of Ireland would be considered as “delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food” for the wealthy. In the proposal Swift says that the mother of these children that are being sold are unable to work normal jobs but, “instead of being able to work for their honest livelihood, are forced to employ all their time in strolling to beg sustenance for their helpless infants”. Because of this the number of poor people will never decrease which brings the nation down as a whole. Especially since the children of these poor mothers will according to Swift “grow up either turn thieves for want of work, or leave their
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