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The pen is mightier then the sword It is a saying that drives all great writers to strive to battle the injustices of their time In 1729 Jonathan Swift wrote A Modest Proposal which satirically showed the strife of the Irish people Using satire Jonathan Swift was able to make social critiques without direcrtly criticizing the English government It also exposed the harsh and inhuman treatment of the Irish at the hands of their English oppressors He points out this treatment by nonchalantly referring to stereotypes of the Irish throughout the essay On page 53 of the text Swift speaks of the uses of the children of the Irish He has come across a beneficial idea acquired from an American It turns out that he is proposing cannibalism He uses grotesque irony to make people see the logical solutions to any problems with the Irish and to improve over time the lives of the Irish people Using irony he attacks the proprietors of the Irish people They have devoured the Irish On page 54 he computes in very dispassionate terms the costs benefits of eating babies Only in places like this does he let his anger show through Such cracks in the facade are necessary or people will think that Swift is really making such a proposal In this era Catholics were not permitted to vote marry a Protestant join the armed forces bare arms even for protection or be educated as Catholics abroad They make up 70 of the population of around 2 million yet own only 5 of the land Farming in Ireland although overseen by the advantaged English Protestants is farmed by the greatly disadvantaged Irish Catholics It is sadly inefficient Protestants can leave in their wills property to their eldest son maintaining the large estate size whereas Catholics are forced to divide properties among all male heirs Over time the Irish lands shrink into tiny plots Protestant property owners who
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