Essay about A Modest Proposal By Jonathan Swift

1548 Words Oct 29th, 2014 7 Pages
Samantha Singh
Professor Williams-Ferguson
English 1301
October 28, 2014
A Modest Proposal A Modest Proposal, written by Jonathan Swift, is an admirable illustration of the sharp intelligence and raw mockery that was engaged in the satire of the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. From side to side, the current use of cynical judgments and biting overstatements, Swift managed to execute his wittiness in a style that was practically unique in collected works of writing. In “A Modest Proposal”, Swift successfully uses hypocrisy, sarcasm, and exaggeration to expose his infuriation of politicians, papists, and the poor citizens of Ireland. In “A Modest Proposal”, Jonathan Swift wrote a pamphlet in protest to the cruel treatment of the Catholic laborers of Ireland. At the time of this writing, the laborers of Dublin, were in an awfully poverty-stricken state. Swift stated that the people, politicians, and Englishmen were to be all at fault for this terrible situation. They had become rather crowded, and as a result, quite a liability to the state. Therefore, “A Modest Proposal” is a proposed solution "for preventing the children of poor people in Ireland from being a burden to their parents or country, and for making them beneficial to the public (Swift)". In the proposal, Swift shared that Ireland’s overpopulated problem could be resolved by marketing a large share of its one year old children on the market, so they could be used for food and other things. Therefore,…

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