Response To A Modest Proposal By Jonathan Swift Essay examples

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Desperate times often call for desperate measures, and proposals of desperate measures are often met with swift criticism if they are found to be without rational thought and merit. It is unlikely that anyone in their right mind would consider, for any amount of time, the proposal of rearing children, or properly raising them, as food to help alleviate poverty-stricken Ireland in 1729. Yet, Jonathan Swift’s suggestion was satirical brilliance, and it was a modest proposal for illuminating the cause of Ireland’s woes. The proposal was not actually eating children but placing a mirror for the reader to reflect upon. The target audience of landlords, gentlemen, and other people of stature were more than accustomed to stepping on the poor on…show more content…
In extreme circumstances, it is frowned upon, but in lesser degrees, it is accepted as part of the cost of doing business. Profit margins are continuously rewarded, while countries that have abysmal human right records are producing goods for countries that ban such practices. Just recently, a company that produces touch screens for electronic devices, which are made for a company that uses a logo not comparable to an orange, was punished for using a banned chemical to clean the products. Nearly a month later, the company is still using it and as a result, one employee has died from exposure and others have shown adverse effects. Turning the clock back nearly 300 years, we find similar circumstances for Ireland, having tariffs placed on products sold to England. Higher costs mean lower margins and less importance placed on the conditions in which the products are made to help the profit margin. The desperate have to keep their jobs to pay exorbitant rent to absentee landlords, and greedy rulers. So what’s new? Why can we not seem to break this cycle? Swift’s proposal attempted to do so with the same logic and motivation that he considered to be the cause of the melancholy that could be observed traveling through Ireland. He aims his observations and remarks as sympathetic for the people, but more importantly empathetic because, as a prosperous traveler, one does not want to see such things while

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