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Unlike most essays Jonathan Swifts A Modest Proposal is written for the reader to see through what the narrator is expressing The narrator does not want the reader to agree that the solution to overpopulation and poverty in Ireland is to eat babies he wants the reader to see there needs to be a practical solution By stating the advantages and objections to his proposal using ironic words and phrases he directs the reader not to see the apparent but the implicit Swifts narrative voice metaphorically compares the Irish to pigs and cows which implies the Irish are being treated subhumanly Although something seems one way to the narrator Jonathan Swift wants the reader to see it in an opposite lightFirstly the narrative voice begins the essay by describing the deplorable conditions in which the Irish peasants are living He demonstrates there is a serious problem with a great need for a solution He then suggests a solution and then lists a whole list of advantages His propsal of eating the Irish babies is followed by advantages such as by the sale of their children the parents would be rid of the charge of maintaining them after the first year14 Another advantage is as Swift put it the poorer tenants will have something valuable of their own14 These quotations imply that the poorer tenants have nothing of value and that they would have to resort to selling their own flesh and blood in order to earn an income they also do not take into consideration that the parents might want to have a family and children who will live with them past the age of one year A decrease in the meat consumed by Ireland would lead to an advantage of the addition of some thousand carcasses in our exportation of barreled beef14 A quotation such as this asks the residents of Ireland to eat human flesh to improve exportation All the advantages he suggests
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