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Jonathan Swift in his A modest proposal uses the speaker as a subtle yet effective means of conveying the problem of poverty in ireland throughout the pamphlet the speaker moves from a totally rational approach to the problem towards a very sarcastic one Swift through the speaker suggests that the ideal way to end poverty in ireland is to turn children of poor families into a food source He proposes that the children not only be eaten but specifically bred for this purpose This is where the speaker comes in by voicing this idea through the speaker Swift is able to use animal imagery sarcasm and exaggeration to convey his disgust for the society that would allow such problems to occur while at the same time distancing himself The role of the speaker is to continually give the reader a glimpse of the underlying social problems that have caused this overwhelming problem while at the same time try to convince them that eating children is a viable means of eliminating the problem This not only gets the point across but challenges the reader to think about the less fortunate instead of always thinking about themselves The speaker begins this pamphlet in a very rational tone and states the problem cabin doors crowded with beggers of the female sex followed by three four or six cildren all in rags and importuning every passenger for an alms Swift 2-4 This rational voice is what makes the paper believable at first the problem is laid out before the reader in a methodical manner
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