The Theme Of Overpopulation In A Modest Proposal By Jonathan Swift

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In Jonathan Swift’s A modest proposal he expresses his idea of how to deal with overpopulation and increasing Ireland’s wealth. However, is he serious or not? The idea of overpopulation comes from the stereotype that Catholics have a lot of children. Swift expresses sympathy and the need for a solution. “There is likewise another great advantage in my scheme that will prevent those voluntary abortions and the horrid practice of women murdering their bastard children.…” (Swift 432). Swift argues with reasoning and gives his moral stance a way to turn the situation into a solution. Swift’s solution is to fatten up undernourished children and sell them to rich land owners in Ireland or have them sold into meat markets at the age of one, sparing
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