A Modest Proposal

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"A Modest Proposal" by Jonathan Swift is a satirical work that illustrates a sarcastic solution to the problem of poverty in Ireland. He suggests that the problem of Irish poverty can be solved by the sale of children from poor families for consumption to eliminate the growing number of starving citizens. The idea is that not only should poor Irish children be eaten but they should be bred for the meat market. Throughout the essay Swift use satire and irony to point out the differences between classes. The author does not want the reader to agree that solution to overpopulation and poverty in Ireland is to eat babies; he wants the reader to see that we need to reach a practical solution. Jonathan Swift explains his method to raise the economic standard of his country. He suggests what age is too young and what age is too old of when is best to devour children. He also provides a list of suggestions on how to cook them by stating "that a young healthy child well nursed is at a year old a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricassee or a ragout"(Swift 626). Swift discussion about eating children comes as a surprise because the reader is unprepared for the solution that he suggests. In other word, Swift does not literally suggest eating newborn in his country. He is simply demonstrate the desperate situation of the lower class in Ireland. Swift expressing his thought of the poor sacrificing their children, it would involve the rich sacrificing some of their luxuries. He shows the fact that reforms is practical and beneficial to the people of Ireland that are being overlooked for the convenience of the higher class. Jonathan Swift's essay is a satirical story to describe the condition in social, economic and political troubles in Ireland. Swift is not actually

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