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Monday, June 1, 2015

ANALYSIS OF JONATHAN SWIFT’S “A MODEST PROPOSAL”

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 ANALYSIS OF JONATHAN SWIFT’S “A MODEST PROPOSAL”

During the late seventeenth century, political pamphlets were distributed throughout Ireland to promote the ideas of various intellectuals and laymen. However, many discarded them and did not pay attention to them. Jonathan Swift, author of “A Modest Proposal,” takes advantage of the overlooked pamphlets, and constructs a ridiculous proposal. He does this to illustrate how backwards and bad the state of Ireland is and the social classes. Swift proposes that the babies of all the poor and desolate will “contribute to the feeding, and partly to the clothing, of many thousands” to improve Ireland’s economy and standard of living (Swift 868). He says this because many women kept having children but were unable to provide for them. He also states that his proposal would make the babies “beneficial to the public” (866).