Analysis Of Jonathan Swift 's ' A Modest Proposal ' Essay

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A Critical Analysis of Irony in “A Modest Proposal” by Jonathan Swift Jonathan Swift was an Anglo-Irish essayist, political pamphleteer, satirist and poet. He wrote numerous works, many of which dealt with Irish/British political tensions and religious issues. He was known as a Dublin’s foremost citizen until his death. His best known works include “Gulliver 's Travels” (1726) and “A Modest Proposal” (1729). In “A Modest Proposal” Jonathan Swift proposes a satirical/ironic solution to a social and ethical problem. The title of the essay, “A Modest Proposal” might be the most ironic thing in the whole essay because this proposal is anything but modest. Swift also ironically argues his proposal is the best by saying “I can think of no one objection, that would possibly be raised against this proposal”, even though he introduced his proposal as “modest” which in this case means relatively moderate, limited, or small as saying his proposal is not the best, but he is proposing it anyway. He declared his proposal as “modest” and “humble” when it is far from being so. Jonathan Swift listed problems in Ireland and specific ways to fix them. Swifts list of problems were low economy, hungriness, overcrowding and poverty. His solution to fix the economy, decrease poverty, stop hungriness and even to create and export import business was to eat and sell babies and to make shoes and clothes off of babies’ skin. By eating babies overcrowd and hungriness would decrease because by…

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