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Hersh Patel 11 Psalmanazar Place Jebediah Idaho 94532 5 December 2003 Samuel S Smarmy 10 Shillings Place Jebediah Idaho 94532 Respected Mr Smarmy You and I the residents of this auspicious town share one view in that we pursue the worlds finest education for the cerebral development of our promising youth We supply our beloved children with an eternal array of literary works which aim to provide facts and techniques that relate to certain fields such as English mathematics or science Yet the question arises as to what Jonathan Swift presents as in a fact or technique in his morbid essay A Modest Proposal that compels our astute teachers to accept his repulsive work as a part of our childrens educational curriculum You and even I at one time felt mortified by the literal implication of Swifts appalling essay however I now present a modest proposal that you and I once more explore this text in the same manner that exemplified to me the wealth of knowledge actually hidden within this literary creation and which actually awaits to be unearthed by our perspicacious children At a glance most readers may ask what meaning or idea may a student extract from the absurd notion that a young healthy child is a most delicious nourishing wholesome food It is however this obvious absurdity and questionability of Swifts writing that obliges the reader after much thought to derive the true purpose of this literary work obviously no teacher shall accept a work of literature that has no purpose By this mind set one may identify that Swift in his essay A Modest Proposal endeavors to expose the inhumanity that exists rampant in Ireland during the seventeenth century through the use of satirical elements It is necessary to consider the historical era in which Swift composed A Modest Proposal prior to further exploration of this melancholic text I shall however employ brevity in my presentation to prevent
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