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In Jonathon Swifts A Modest Proposal one of the voices that is present throughout the story is that of irony The story itself is ironic since no one can take Swifts proposal seriously The piece of writing which was published anonymously was originally titled A Modest Proposal For Preventing the Children of Poor People in Ireland from Being a Burden to Their Parents or Country and Making Them Beneficial to the Public Elements of sarcasm and irony are mentioned all throughout the proposal Jonathan Swift strongly fulfilled his purpose through the use of irony to alert the world of Irelands poor condition The first eight paragraphs of the pamphlet are concerned with the unhappy state of the Irish poor and their children Swift talks about beggars flooding the streets and parents not able to support their children He also brings up the horrid practice of voluntary abortions and the children that grow up to be thieves All these details alert the reader of the writers deep concern for the peoples suffering and resentment for those responsible However in the next paragraphs he suggests that the poor children of Ireland should be fattened sold and eaten He goes on mentioning different ways children can be cooked and how delicious one year olds really are He furthermore addresses that this proposal will solve all the problems from lessening the number of papists to improving recipes in good eating With this said the reader should be alerted and warned that the message must not be taken literally The real meaning lies in the context behind all the sarcasm and irony Swift makes it clear that this proposal would not affect him since his children were grown and his wife was unable to have any more children Swift appears to be normal but then deceives the reader when mentioning his absurd suggestions It would be ridiculous to think that an ordinary man would want to propose this and take
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