Reasons In Jonathan Swift's A Modest Proposal

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Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal" is an essay that intends to draw awareness to the downfall of the Irishmen and motivate readers to find a feasible solution to the problem. The essay was written in a satirical way that has been able to engage readers to read more on the topic and the essay themselves (Smith, 2011). Swift was able to establish a "love-hate" relationship with readers due to being very sympathetic towards the Irishmen in the first part of the essay (Lovin, n.d.). This was able to make readers appreciate the author for his emotions towards the Irishmen. But then, in the latter parts, the author becomes unsympathetic and directed attention more towards the problems that the society faced at the time. His disapproval of Ireland’s…show more content…
Parents will no longer be heavily burdened with the responsibly to take care of their children until early adulthood (because they will be butchered and sold as meat in the markets anyway). 5. A new culinary cuisine would be introduced and would expand the variety the cuisines that would surely bring delight to the landlords who are part of the society. 6. It is through selling children in the markets that husbands will be motivated to care more for their wives so that they can bear more children. And these said wives would have a more defined purpose to take care of the children (the better the child's condition is, the higher the profit will be). This would also address the ever growing problem of overpopulation. With the given proposals, it is clear that all of these are in an effort to boost the Irish economy. But it stops there. These proposals show that humanity could get thrown away (A Modest Proposal and Other Satires Summary and Analysis of "A Modest Proposal", n.d.). In this essay, Swift uses irony, slight humor, and sarcasm (Smith, 2011). The author does not wish for his proposals to be carried out. The absurdity of his proposals clearly shows his displeasure with Ireland’s state (Smith, 2011). In his piece, it urges readers to be aware of how dire the situation is, and that people must come up with a proper solution. His way of writing this essay should not be taken literally, but it should be carefully assessed and understood (Lovin,…show more content…
The feeling of frustration was evident all throughout the essay. I agree with Swift's stand against abortion and cannibalism (Lovin, n.d.). As cliché as it is, violence does not solve anything. It never has and will never be the answer to any of the problems that Ireland has faced in the 17th century. The author was merely being rhetorical and sarcastic (Lovin, n.d.). Seeing the essay for the first time, my impression was that it would be difficult to comprehend and would require a high cognitive level. But as I repeatedly read through it, I was able to understand it. And with further reading, I was then able to see in in between the lines. The author's interesting choice of words were had me engaged on reading more and doing my own research on the

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