A Modest Proposal By Jonathan Swift Essay

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In his satirical essay “A Modest Proposal” Jonathan Swift uses cannibalism as a means to mock the English government. As a whole, his essay is shocking and grotesque at first, but it is also important to the direct critique of those who are in power. When Swift wrote this essay, the population of Ireland was suffering from the effects of British Colonization. Those who were in power neglected to help the disempowered, which included the vast majority of Ireland population (Professor Makdisi). Throughout his essay, Swift represents the negativity that is associated with the imposition of England men in power. Swift’s use of a satirical genre in order to negatively exaggerate the presence of Britain colonizers, as well as his use of repetition of the suffix (ing) serve to urge the Irish people into making immediate individualistic changes , in addition; his simultaneous use of syntax (long sentence structure) mimic the overbearing struggle and exhaustion that is felt by the Irish. Thus Swift empowers the Irishmen and critiques the unjust English repression of them.
Swift utilizes a satirical genre of an exaggeration to depict the Englishmen as a sickness, thus urging the reader to immediately react against the oppressor and simultaneously promoting a response to negative sentiment. In order to grab the attention of the reader, Swift commences with a hyperbole that suggests Ireland is in need of instantaneous treatment. Swift 's essay states, “I desire the reader will…

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