An Analysis Of Jonathon's A Modest Proposal

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“Immodest Analyzation” As a young adult starting to become more informed about politics; poverty and starvation has always been a key issue because it’s always been around. Jonathan Swift in a “A Modest Proposal” addresses this issue. The way he addresses it and the solution he has for it is very immodest. Which explains why this work is a satire. His reasoning and explanations further the irony and ridicule this work contains. Jonathon Swift per The Norton Anthology English Literature, devoted his own to politics and religion, and most works were written to further specific causes. This most likely led him to write ‘A Modest Proposal” because of the poverty and starvation that took place during England. His solution is bold, satiric, and …show more content…
His plans seem cruel but if it is viewed without knowing that the benefits would be at the cost of infant’s life’s than England would comply.
Swifts plan to use the infants from poor mothers as food is very distasteful. Today eating a human or even proposing a plan to do so would be highly frowned upon and not taken seriously. Jonathon wrote “A Modest Proposal” not to be taken seriously, but make England realize that nothing is being done about the problems that are growing, like hunger and poverty. In the Norton Anthology English Literature Book it says “Like the prose, it is predominately satiric in purpose, though most often written less to divert than to agitate the reader” (Greenblatt 1056) which reconfirms how Swift was trying prove a point rather than implementing his modest proposal. The thought occurred, would any country ever allow such cruelty or inhumanity to take place? The answer yes, decades later the United States would allow such cruelty. This harmfulness is called abortion today. Per the America Pregnancy Association an abortion can be done up to
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Jonathon’s reasoning is very persuasive. “A Modest Proposal” goes into detail about how using the infants to feed other and has clothing is going to help with poverty and starvation. When Jonathon says “therefore whoever could find out a fair, cheap, and easy method of making these children sound, useful members of the commonwealth would deserve so well of the public as to have his statue set up for a preserver of the nation.” (Swift 1200) he does have a point, this method is easy and would rid mothers of the burden of their children, help finically, and provide a hearty meal for those from high society. This isn’t a moral proposal but it is a practical one. If England wanted to prevent starvation and poverty this idea would have been considered. Jonathon did not write the proposal to be taken seriously, but he does make a good point, and if England was facing these problems they would have thought about practical ways instead of the morally right thing to

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