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In his biting political satire called A Modest Proposal Johnathan Swift seeks to create empathy for the poor through his ironic portrayal of the children of Irish beggars as commodities that can be regulated and even eaten He is able to poke fun at the dehumanization of the multitudes of poor people in Ireland by ironically commenting on what he sees as an extension of the current situation Swifts essay seeks to comment on the terrible condition of starvation that a huge portion of Ireland has been forced into and the inane rationalizations that the rich are quick to submit in order to justify the economic inequality He is able to highlight the absurdity of these attempted explanations by presenting cannibalism as a logical although not particularly valid or sound mathematically calculated alternative to the current situation In doing so Swift is able to shock the readers into defending the poor Through his emotionless tones and clever diction Swift is seeks to stir up the readers feelings of indignation and compassion and thus help remind them that people are human beings and deserve to be treated as such and not treated as figures in mathematical equations or pieces of meat He begins by sucking the readers in through addressing a very real problem the proliferation of beggers accompanied by malnourished children He mentions the deplorable state of the kingdom where young childrens futures are so limited that they will either turn theives for want of work or sell themselves into slavery As soon as swift has gained the readers attention he switches into his ironic methodical mode He begins to attempt to appeal to authority through his mention of having turned his thoughts for many years upon this important subject Before even mentioning what his intended proposal is swift begins to speak in terms of computations and statistics and use diction to give the poor a sub-human quality in order to divert the attention from
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