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A Modest Proposal is considered one of the finest examples of satire in world literature.
Written in the persona of a well-intentioned economist and published in the form of a popular pamphlet, the tract argues that the problem of poverty in Ireland can best be remedied by selling the children of the poor as food for the wealthy. At the same time Swift directs his satire at Protestant-Catholic divisions, contemporary economic theories, and other targets.
A Modest Proposal has long been judged an incomparable work of rhetorical brilliance, and it continues to garner new readers and additional critical attention to this day. Swift graduated from Trinity College in Dublin in As he was born of English parents, Swift was anxious to distance himself from Ireland, and he moved to England in —the first of many relocations between England and Ireland.
While living at Moor Park in England, Swift served as a secretary to Sir William Temple, and it was there that he began his writing career. After receiving his Master of Arts degree from Oxford University inSwift was ordained into the Church of Ireland in and was stationed as prebendary of Kilroot, a poor town in northern Ireland.
Swift subsequently returned to Dublin, where he would remain untilthough he traveled often to London. In he was appointed dean of St. Swift was left with no opportunity for further political involvement, and therefore returned to Dublin, where, over the next two decades, he became increasingly engaged in the Irish political landscape and wrote the majority of his most influential political satire.
He died in Dublin on October 19,and is buried in the middle aisle of St. Summary In A Modest Proposal Swift adopts the persona of a concerned economist who suggests that, in order to better combat the poverty and overpopulation of Ireland, the children of the poor be sold as food to the wealthy.
As a result, he argues, not only will the population be reduced, but the income of the poor will increase significantly as they sell their children. In developing this outrageous thesis, Swift provides abundant detail, projecting the costs of child rearing which will be saved if the child is eatenestimating the portion of the population affected, and even providing specific ideas regarding the number of servings a child might provide.
He suggests that the meat of the children of Ireland would be considered a delicacy to both the English and to Irish landowners, and would therefore be highly sought after for feasts and special occasions. His arguments, rationally presented, support a profoundly irrational proposition, and their appalling callousness radically undermine their benevolent intent.
At its core, his suggestion is that the English and the wealthy landowners of Ireland are causing the poverty and misery of the population. Swift does not spare Ireland, however. At the same time, through the use of the adopted persona, Swift also satirizes those who propose solutions to political and economic issues without consideration of the human cost involved.
With devastating irony, Swift shows the inhumanity of schemes for alleviating the suffering of the poor that are solely based on rational principles. Critical Reception Somewhat surprisingly, A Modest Proposal received little sustained critical attention until the twentieth century.
Most early critics extolled the work but treated it only briefly, judging it to be in a unique class of its own and therefore difficult to analyze. In the twentieth century scholars began to see the tract as more than a simple attack on particular conditions in Ireland, but as a penetrating interrogation of the political and economic theories that gave rise to those conditions.
Ferguson, Robert Mahoney, and John Richardson—have vied with analyses of its brilliant deployment of rhetorical strategies—including those of Samuel J. Rogal, Denis Donoghue, and Wayne C.
Booth—to account for its enduring power.In this essay, I will explain the 3 techniques that I have found in Swift’s proposal, such as; Irony, Satire and Sarcasm.
Satire is a second technique Swift uses, he states “The skin of which artificially dressed, will make admirable gloves for ladies, and summer boots for fine gentlemen” (p).
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