Assignment 1: Swift’s “A Modest Proposal”
Dr. Anthony McCormack
World Culture II
Gladys A. Reyes
July 25, 2015
In the satire “A Modest Proposal’, Jonathan Swift expresses his feelings of frustration with regard to the aggravation and political issues in Ireland. He describes being frustrated with the indifference of Ireland politicians, the wealthy, the English tyranny, and the degradation and poor conditions in which many poor, Irish women and children have been forced to live in. Swift is embarrassed for those that come to the towns and travel the country, only to see the streets full and crowded with beggars. Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” satire is a reality ...view middle of the document...
As periodical demand increased, so did the demand for writers. Swift became a skilled journalist and wrote for the Spectator, the Tatler and also wrote all the Examiner papers. He made journalism his political tool. It is during this time that he learned about the power of the press and honed his writing skill for political purposes. He also wrote many series of satirical pamphlets that made him very famous including “A Modest Proposal” (Hunting, 1967).
In his satire” A Model Proposal” essay, he is projecting the idea that in order to deal with the beggar’s social issue in the Ireland, it will be necessary to sell the children of the beggars to the rich so they can be used for food, since they already had consumed most of the parents. Swift’s approach of using a satire as a medium to express a surprise ending is very clever, since the proposal maneuver is to find ways to help the public and also solve the country’s economic problems. It is surprising that the proposal states that if it is considered or adopted it could be to a great advantage to the people and the nation. The outcome will be no abortions, and prevention of murdering the unwanted children and economic saving for the nation since there will be less people to support and no economic burden for the nation (Levine, 1995).
Swift’s essay proposed that children be provided and then he contradicts himself by stating that it will be better to sell the children so they will not be a burden to the parents, the church or become beggars for the rest of their lives. Instead, he surprisingly proposed they should contribute to society, by becoming a source of food and making clothing out of them for the rich. This indicates that Swift in his essay is trying to convince his audience and at the same time he is open to new ideas or suggestions that can be adopted to solve the social problems in Ireland (Levine, 1995).
The writer is successful in convincing the acceptancy of the surprise ending by proving many reasons why the proposal should be accepted and put to work. First, he said it will reduce the number of papists, referring to all catholic children and women who are beggars...