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A Modest ProposalJonathan Swift wrote this essay as a satirical proposal for the purpose of exploiting social and economic issues in a sophisticated and comic way Its main purpose is to prevent the poor people of Ireland particularly the children not to be burdens on their parents and to their country and for making them useful to society This proposal suggesting the idea of cannibalism is a grimly sarcastic letter of recommendation in which the citizens of Ireland suggest that economic conditions could be diminished if the poor parents children were used as dainty for the nobles and gentlemens dinner table Swift presented his proposal by making his idea appealing to the public He does this by focusing on the positive outcome of his proposal the number of Catholics will be lessened the poor people will have something to pay their bills with and the shortage of food will be solved Swift was concerned mainly with the dilemma of his own class thats why he made this proposal He was annoyed at the apathy of the Irish people who got used to their situation that they seemed powerless to change how England and a wealthy Irish businessman mistreated their own kind Swift expressed his rage and anger by making his proposal bizarre which he suggested cannibalism-- eating babies selling them to the market as a source of income He suggests that since babies cannot be useful to the nation because they are still-dependant on their parents and since their parents only earn little money why not treat them as livestock So that it gives the parent extra money after they sell the babies meat to the market I grant this food will be somewhat dear and therefore very proper for landlords who as they have already devoured most of the parents seem to have the best title to the children In this quotation the proposer suggested that a way for the poor people to
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