Assignment 1: A Modest Proposal Summary
Dr. Christina Russu
December 11, 2014
A Modest Proposal
Jonathon Swift’s, A Modest Proposal is a view of how the Irish seen poverty in their country. Swift’s proposal sheds light on poverty and offers a solution to control those who could not help themselves. Children of the poor could be sold to Ireland’s wealthy land-owners, a meat market, with children as young as one being sold as food. Implementing this proposal would combat population issues and unemployment, by sparing poor families the expense of being responsible for their young all while earning extra income.
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Proposal suggested that cannibalism as a solution to controlling Ireland’s population of poor, which makes up of mostly women and children. Swift’s proposal was direct and symbolic of the rich taking advantage of the poor by living at the expense of the poor. Many of Ireland’s rich are disconnect from the poor that many probably thought it was a great idea. It did not bother them that someone was suggesting to kill hundreds of thousands of children for profit. The rich are simply not aware of everyday realities of the lower class.
I believe Swift was successful in convincing his readers to consider eating Ireland’s young to control poverty and the population. He even lead his readers to believe that he gave the idea to eat Ireland’s poverty-stricken children from an American, where they eat children. He tells the stories of thousands of those born into poverty are useless and will become thieves and depend on others to take care of them. Why would anyone object to this plan? The author has compiled all of the conventional solutions to the problem in Ireland. The poor Irish citizens will finally have something of value of their own. Having a child helps keep them from poverty, parents can pay their bills with the money they receive from selling their child. It all seems sincere because Swift’s kids are too old to sell, and he is not making any profit from this proposal he has submitted. A Modest Proposal is a project that solves Ireland’s social, political and economic problems more than any other plan that was suggested.
Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal" (n.d.). Retrieved December 11, 2014, from http://www.victorianweb.org/previctorian/swift/modest.html
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