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This essay will examine the use of satire within a great work of English literature Jonathan Swifts A Modest Proposal To do so one must first understand what is meant by satire It is a trenchant use of wit irony or sarcasm used to expose and discredit vice or folly A Modest Proposal is just that mocking the absentee British landlords who take great advantage of the Irish peoples The title itself holds a great deal of the humor If it had been named A Grandiose Proposal it would obviously have lacked most of the shock to the reader When first published it was handed out as a pamphlet to people on the street With the title as it was no harm was seen in it However upon reading it a great deal of people must have been quite unnerved The proposal within was to take the children of the poor Irish and selling them as a delicacy to the rich English The comedy is quite clear now and shows the wonderful wit that Swift made use of The pamphlet itself was presented as a proposal for preventing the children of poor people in Ireland from being a burden to their parents or country and for making them beneficial to the public2473 This introduction is quite mild for the topic at hand Yet this is a convention used through much of the piece Everything is an understatement meant to sound quite normal and acceptable no matter how horrific The problem is first revealed in an innocent way the roads and cabin doors crowded with beggars of the female sex followed by three four or six children all in rags and importuning every passenger for alms2473 Something needed be done about the poor people all about the streets It was quite a horrible state for a country to be in Interested in whatever solution may be proposed one wants to read more The way
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