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Jonathon Swift assumes a few key ideas throughout A Modest Proposal It is unquestionably assumed through the essay that anyone would be willing to give up and sell his child as nourishment It is presumed that the reader would not hesitate to accept the ideas of cannibalism and barbarism If this is not understood it is hard to read the piece without bias I have found through careful reading that the illustration of the proposal is not just an instance of the heartlessness between humans but of Ireland consuming itself along with its people The assumed value system of this piece deviates from traditional value as the only important outcome is economically beneficial results Going back to Swifts assumptions moral standards and personal feelings are not taken into consideration here Strong irony is obviously prevalent in this piece an example being Swifts intolerance towards the quality of Irelands social system It is suggested that the proposal will result in the feeding of the rich causing more class disruption Because of the nations despair the proposal is written that people must not dwell on trivial notions of morality Swifts apparent philosophy is revealed in the terms that he uses to describing humanity He describes newborn children as just drooped from its dam a demeaning phrase to many Irish citizens The nonchalance of the context Swift uses to approach his plans could be appalling to many readers Swift continues to classify women as breeders and the citizens as souls creating an image of humans without emotion not contemplating humanity in relation to his proposal and writingBy blaming many elements for the state of Ireland Swift does not directly state his own opinion his words inexhaustibly twisted with irony Swift could be ambivalent to the causes of the unfortunate circumstances while at the same time he could be writing smugly from an unarticulated point of view causing the reader to question his motives Swifts paradoxical judgement and explanations
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