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Jonathan Swifts “A Modest Proposal” is outrageously filled with sarcasm. One could assume what to expect from the piece just by reading the title “A Modest Proposal for preventing the children of poor people in Ireland from being a burden on their parents or country, and for making them beneficial to society” (Pg 1114). The average reader might would read this piece and think that Swift had literally gone insane. Swift proposes the thought that the mothers whom cannot provide for their children shall breast feed for the first year and once the child is “plump” be offered for sale(pg 1115) Swift even proposes the thought of eating a child… “a young healthy child well nursed is at a year old is a most deliciously, nourishing and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked or broiled ” (pg 1115) is just ridiculous. Swift also says that he “humbly” offers his thoughts and opinions, yet anyone would consider this suggestion offensive and irrational, not humble by any means. I believe Swift wrote such a piece in order to show how the wealthier Britons viewed the less fortunate lower class. They may have not thought anything of the actions they were showing toward the poor until reading such an article like Swifts and it opened their eyes to see how badly they were treating the people. I believe that Swift most definitely accomplished his point in writing such an article and that the privileged people offered more opportunity to the unsuccessful people of their community. (Word Count:253)
Hey Julie! I completely agree with your outlook on Jonathan Swifts “A Modest Proposal”. A reader could assume just from the title how outrageously sarcastic the piece would be. The fact that Swift proposes that the less fortunate sell their children as meat to make profit is baffling. One would not view cannibalism as an acceptable act in any way, shape, or form. For one too think…...

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