Analysis Of A Modest Proposal By Jonathan Swift

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In 1199, King John had given Ireland to the English. The English had taken over Ireland and it soon became very impoverished. The country politically, economically, and religiously started to struggle. Ireland went twenty years in silence. People would speak of possible ways that could end this poverty, but they wouldn’t act on it. Their bark was bigger than their bite. They were cowards when their country was in a time of need. Although one man had a different Idea. He decided to say something. This something would hit the nail on the head. Jonathan Swift came up with “A Modest Proposal.” An article that challenges the status quo. He proposes a solution that raises an uproar. In the Article, he proposes that a child at the age of one should …show more content…
What to expect in this essay are: quotes from the story, what I believe Swift meant in his writing, and descriptions of the status quo.

Jonathan swift starts his article with, “FOR PREVENTING THE CHILDREN OF THE POOR PEOPLE IN IRELAND FROM BEING A BURDEN TO THEIR PARENTS OR COUNTRY, AND FOR MAKING THEM BENEFICIAL TO THE PUBLIC.” This is my first indication that Swift is going to say something. What that may be? I’m not completely sure. You think he’d start talking statistics right off that bat, but he doesn’t. His second paragraph is a brief summary of what is going on. What the cause of poverty is. What is it; the cause, you may ask? Well, it’s the women. They are trying to find a way to feed their children, but cannot work “for their honest livelihood.” Swift says that the women, “are forced to employ all their time
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Swift is saying that the women can be used as a breeder for supplement. He says that, “the females, it would, I think, with humble submissions be a loss to the public, because they soon become breeders themselves; and besides, it is not improbable that some scrupulous people might be apt to censure such a practice (although indeed very unjustly), as a little bordering upon cruelty; which, I confess, hath always been with the strongest objection against any project, however so well intended.” Then he wants to justify his friend, “ he confessed that this expedient was put into his head by the famous Psalmanazar, a native of the island Formosa, who came from thence to london above twenty years ago, and in conversation told my friend, that in his country when any young person happened to be put to death, the executioner sold the carcass to persons of quality as a prime dainty; and that in his time the body of a plump girl of fifteen, who was crucified for an attempt to poison the emperor, was sold to his imperial majesty’s prime minister of state, and other great mandarins of the court, in joints from the gibbet, at four hundred crowns.” What did they do with the carcass? Did they make their cooks prepare them for a meal? I can’t say we’ll know what they did with the carcass. Especially if it was of a young

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