Modest Proposal By Jonathan Swift

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It doesn’t take long to summarize Swift’s,Modest Proposal. To help solve the problem of the poverty-stricken, oppressed, and uneducated population of Catholics in Ireland, Swift’s projector calmly and rationally proposes that thousands of the children should be killed and eaten. This will help both the overpopulated poor, who can’t afford to care for their children anyway, and the rich, who will get a good meal out of the whole process. Even in his introduction he explains the reason for his proposal: “for preventing the children of poor people in Ireland, from being a burden to their parents or country; and for making them beneficial to the Publick.” What follows is an attempt to justify such a seemingly outrageous scheme. Yet, throughout

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