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Jonathan Swifts A Modest Proposal 1729 is one of the greatest satires written in history It deals with overpopulation and undernourishment problems in Ireland Swift makes a very interesting proposal to put an end to all this problems As the reader starts reading several questions pop into his mind What exactly is the narrators so called modest proposal What is Swifts real purpose in his essay What changes does he hope for Ireland Whose hearts and minds does Swift hope to influence And whom does he blame for the poverty in England In the following essay I will try to explain what I think was his real purpose I will try to interpret why Swift made use of this type of satire Also I will make a special emphasis on his very peculiar selection of language throughout his proposalSwift is very concerned about the crisis that is going on in Ireland that is why he dares to give such a powerful suggestion to end Irelands troubles concerning poverty What exactly is the purpose of his proposal He tries to qualify his proposal by saying it is very well known that they are dying and rotting by cold and famine and filth and vermin they cannot get work and consequently pine away for want of nourish pg480 Once a reader understands this he can see the true purpose of his proposal He wants to lower the population of beggars in his country so what better way to do it than by putting an end to the younger generation of beggars This is also proven since throughout the story he only mentions that the upper class of society would be able to purchase the sacrificial children The upper class would also take the carcasses and use them to make admirable gloves for ladies summer boots for fine gentlemenpg479 Also when he makes his calculations as to how many children would be available for sale
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