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Jonathan Swift is very sardonic in his essay A Modest Proposal The essay starts off addressing the serious problem of the hunger crisis in the poverty of Ireland He throws out numbers statistics and other facts pertaining to the problem Then he proposes his solution To eat the poverty born babies This is where the essay takes an interesting turn The reader starts to recognize a degree of sarcasm in Swifts voice Now that the sarcasm has been noted to fit the definition there must be something being criticized by these statements Late in the essay the reader discovers the objects of this criticism the lawmakers of the country I can think of no one objection that will possibly be raised against this proposal unless it should be urged that a number of people will be thereby much lessened in the kingdom let no man talk to me of other expedients of taxing our absentees at five shillings a pound of utterly rejecting the materials and instruments that promote foreign luxury of curing the expensiveness of pride vanity idleness And gaming in our women Therefore I repeat let no man talk to me of these and the like expedients till he hath some glimpse of hope that there will ever be some hearty and sincere attempt to put them into practice Swift 29-30 These lines raise the level of the previously thought sarcasm and show that the tone of the paper is truly sardonic The intent to hurt and to discredit soars over the playful criticism Swift is comparing is own preposterous argument to those arguments formed by the members of the congressional lawmaking system of Ireland This is in no way in jest He is saying this with the purpose to hurt and discredit these lawmakers This act of hurting the lawmakers raises the bar of sarcasm to sarcasm plus or sardonicism Also the fact that this paper attacks the
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