A Modest Proposal Analysis

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A Modest Proposal Critical Analysis Sonja Martin November 14, 2012 ENG- 221 If you enjoy reading satiric and shockingly barbaric pieces of literature, A Modest Proposal 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 is a must read. The topic itself immediately draws readers in with the assumption that the proposal is of the most serious nature holding the interest of the less fortunate at heart. What the reader soon recognizes is that the author is actually extremely dissatisfied with abuse of economic and political power that the Irish and English governments project onto their less fortunate citizens. In expression of his outrage, and to bring attention to the country’s scandalous ways, he has constructed a “modest” proposal to expose the system for what it really is. As the proposal is read, the reality that this proposal is anything but “modest” is also wittingly exposed. Interestingly, the author of this piece has chosen to remain anonymous throughout the proposal. His words are from the first person point of view. The reason for this could be so that people are not distracted by who he is or his position in society, but so that they are able to focus on remedying the critical state of the Commonwealth of Ireland. He is sarcastically calling the government of Ireland to action. They are consumed with selfishness and neglect to help improve their country by taking measures that are more charitable. In an ironic and cleverly delivered twist of words, he elaborates on his belief that the rich people are vulcer’s devouring the land, food and additional resources from the less fortunate people making it almost impossible for them to survive. Many of the poor resort to selling themselves as slaves in order to survive and provide for their families.

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