A Modest Proposal By James Swift
He also wrote A Modest Proposal, both an indictment against the casual contempt of the plight of Irish and a reasonable suggestion to help the Irish 's economic distress. A Modest Proposal seems to endorse the use of Irish babies as a food source for wealthy citizens, in order to eliminate the burden of additional children in poor households and improve the economic status of low income families (Swift 2634-2637). The essay appears at a casual glance to be the monstrous proposal of a sadistic man unconcerned with the suffering of the famine stricken Irish population; however, Swift 's intent reveals itself as a plea for reforms relieving the economic stress of lower class citizens. Swift 's proposal advises the restriction of imports and increasing production in the country (Swift 2633-2639).
Mistaken for a misanthrope, Swift works toward an enlightened future. In Gulliver 's Travels, Swift intent is not a misanthropic attack against human society: instead, Swift seeks to present the vulgarity of extremes and advocate temperance society (Mack 113). His work demands the attention of the reader, and forces reflection on commonly accepted beliefs. Using clever allusions and overt disregard for injustice Swift uses the power of print to offend and through offense challenge the corruption and vanity of his