Summary Of ' A Modest Pamphlet '

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Levi Leonard
Mrs. Lawton
British Literature
9 December 2014
Economic inequality
Swift wrote the pamphlet “A Modest Pamphlet” in 1729. The pamphlet was dated at a period in which the majority of Ireland was poverty stricken, Irish patriarchs treated peasants and lower classed people with utter disrespect, Ireland was in desperate need for a solution for their problems. Throughout the pamphlet, there is a satirical attitude toward the ways in which business, politics and social ethics should be dealt with to restore the stage that society is in. He entertained the satirical notions, such as breeding children and using them as “livestock”, making children’s flesh a delicacy, implying that the use of human flesh will add to the exportation of beef, and many more satirical examples. In order to understand where Swift is coming from, one must first understand the definition of satire. According to, satire can be defined as “a technique employed by writers to expose and criticize foolishness and corruption of an individual or a society by using humor, irony, exaggeration or ridicule. It intends to improve humanity by criticizing its follies and foibles. A writer in a satire uses fictional characters, which stand for real people, to expose and condemn their corruption The idea of satirical imagery proposed by Jonathan Swift was given to him by a “very knowing American of (his) my acquaintance” (Swift). The imagery was the different uses of children.
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