Overpopulation and Poverty in Ireland in A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift

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A Modest Proposal was written in an attempt to open the people of Ireland’s eyes about the overpopulation, poverty, and young thieves on the street. Jonathan Swift, in his writing, A Modest Proposal, uses a unique way to get people’s attention on the problems at hand. Swift’s purpose is to give the people of Ireland something they cannot possibly ignore. He adopts a disappointed tone in order to make his audience feel like they did something wrong for letting this occur for such in his audience of the people of Dublin, Ireland. The issue Dublin is suffering from is the problems of overpopulation, beggars, and young thieves roaming the streets. Jonathan Swift is giving a speech to the public of Dublin, which carries a proposal to solve…show more content…
A Modest Proposal was written in an attempt to open the people of Ireland’s eyes about the overpopulation, poverty, and young thieves on the street. Jonathan Swift, in his writing, A Modest Proposal, uses a unique way to get people’s attention on the problems at hand. Swift’s purpose is to give the people of Ireland something they cannot possibly ignore. He adopts a disappointed tone in order to make his audience feel like they did something wrong for letting this occur for such in his audience of the people of Dublin, Ireland. The issue Dublin is suffering from is the problems of overpopulation, beggars, and young thieves roaming the streets. Jonathan Swift is giving a speech to the public of Dublin, which carries a proposal to solve all of the problems. Swift has no other motive than the public good of his country, by advancing their trade, providing for infants, relieving the poor, and giving some pleasure to the rich. The targeted audience of the proposal being the people of Dublin, Ireland. The main point of this proposal is to get people to open their eyes and do something to stop those problems; otherwise, it would resort to them having to do something drastic. This proposal that Swift is presenting is mostly satirical. Although his idea would work in theory to fix their country’s problems, it is a morally insane idea. The proposal is structured by presenting the problem, giving a satirical out-of-this-world solution, sneaking the real solution within the text, then

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