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It was first published in Dublin as a short, anonymous pamphlet. The essay begins as a seemingly dispassionate diagnosis of the extreme poverty in eighteenth century Ireland. With nary a shift in tone, the essayist discloses his remedy: Render the children of the poor as food for the table.
The children of Ireland should be sold and consumed, for sustenance of the destitute, as delicacies for the wealthy, and for the general progress of society.
The essayist proceeds to furnish ironically logical reasons in support of this shocking and repulsive proposal. Swift was born in Dublin in to English parents. He wrote poetry, essays, fiction, and political tracts, all with a biting satirical wit.
While Swift was advancing in the world of popular and polemical literature and aspiring to literary greatness, he was also rising through the ranks of the established clergy. Inhe was appointed dean of St.
There, he saw firsthand the poverty and oppression of the Irish. Of these efforts, which would earn Swift a reputation as a champion of Ireland, A Modest Proposal is the most famous.
His prose style—muscular, compact, sinewy, and expressive—can lay claim to being the most exact and forceful in the English language. His fertile imagination was able to lay down layer upon layer of irony in almost bewildering succession.
Jonathan Swift. The Anglo-Irish poet, political writer, and clergyman Jonathan Swift () ranks as the foremost prose satirist in the English language and as one of the greatest satirists in world literature.. Jonathan Swift was born in Dublin, Ireland, on Nov. 30, By this emigra- tion of troops Ireland was left unprotected, with the French threatening the capital. ] from Swift to 0 CYonnell. 49 It was at this crisis that Ireland, stung with the disgrace which her rulers had brought upon her, roused herself from one end of the island to the other, and, merging all distinctions of race and creed and. View Essay - HUM Week 4 Assignment 1 from BUSINESS HUM at Strayer University, Atlanta. Running head: A MODEST PROPOSAL 1 Swifts Modest Proposal: A Surprise Ending Kristie D. Mitchell Strayer.
Packed with irony and satirical revelations of the human condition, this fantastical tract rises to timeless literature. A Modest Proposal was published as a short pamphlet of fewer than two thousand words in September, It was written anonymously, although readers quickly deduced that the author was the master satirist Dean Swift.
It is crucial to note that Swift, while the author of the essay, is not its speaker. Rather the authorial voice, perhaps best called the proposer, is an unnamed and unknown personage whose intellectual characteristics and prejudices can be gleaned from his proposals.
What is stated in a straightforward manner by the proposer is meant satirically by Swift.
The distance maintained between Swift and the proposer is necessary for the many layers of irony in the essay. The proposer begins the tract by bemoaning the state of the poor in Ireland. Mothers begging for alms, with a crowd of children in their arms, are a common sight.
The vast majority of the population is poor, with little useful employment. Poverty drives the youths of Ireland into crime, slavery, or the armies of the deposed Stuart kings in Spain. The proposer has an advantageous solution, to which he cannot imagine a single objection.
Up to this point, the proposer has shown himself to be a reasonable if somewhat pedantic thinker, armed with a host of statistics about demography and economics in Ireland. Certainly his critique reflects no credit on the Whig government in London, which Swift, a High Church Tory in religion and politics, despised.
The English colonial rule of absentee landlords, vast plantations, and enforced settlements is discredited. Following immediately upon these trenchant observations comes the solution: To be exact, the modest proposal is that of theinfants computed to be born every year in Ireland,would be sold to the wealthy to be consumed at table, 20, children being reserved for breeding.
The proposer calculates that a plump infant of 30 pounds would provide food for many dinners and, preserved with pepper or salt, will last well into winter.
The price of each child is estimated to be about ten shillings about one thousand modern U. In addition, the skin of the child would make fine gloves for wealthy ladies and summer boots for wealthy gentlemen. However, the proposer rejects the idea of converting adolescents to food, as their flesh is likely to be tough and lean.
The proposer supports his suggestions with a mass of coldly delivered statistics, demographic data, and calculations, as if writing one of the then-popular tracts on mercantilism or trade with the colonies.
He pedantically weighs the pros and cons of his proposal, as he would any political argument. He lists six weighty and obvious advantages. First, his proposal would reduce the number of Catholics in Ireland, the traditional enemy of the Protestant settlers.
Second, it would give farmers the means to pay their absentee landlords, since their agricultural products and livestock had already been seized under the English tenancy system. Third, it would increase the domestic revenue of Ireland, with no money being sent abroad.
Fifth, this new variety of cuisine would produce fine recipes for culinary gentlemen and their dining establishments.
Once he has listed these benefits, the proposer answers the one possible objection that he incredulously predicts one might raise to his scheme.By this emigra- tion of troops Ireland was left unprotected, with the French threatening the capital.
] from Swift to 0 CYonnell. 49 It was at this crisis that Ireland, stung with the disgrace which her rulers had brought upon her, roused herself from one end of the island to the other, and, merging all distinctions of race and creed and.
In between the second and third, he took holy orders in Ireland and was ordained priest, with a dead-end parish in Kilroot in the north of Ireland. There, bored and frustrated, he embarked upon a relationship with Jane Waring (Varina).
A Modest Proposal For preventing the Children of Poor People From being a Burthen to Their Parents or Country, and For making them Beneficial to the Publick, commonly referred to as A Modest Proposal, is a Juvenalian satirical essay written and published anonymously by Jonathan Swift in The essay suggests that the impoverished .
Jan 22, · A Modest Proposal Wednesday, January 22, Haneea Iqbal Jasmine Martins Ms. Haselmann AP Language Period: 3 7 November Pages A venial end Questions for discussion 1. What were the social conditions in Ireland that occasioned the writing of Jonathan immediates attempt?
At what point in the Author: Kylie Turner. In this satirical essay, Swift offers up one solution to Ireland's devastating food shortage: eating babies. The full title of the essay, originally published as a pamphlet, is "A Modest Proposal.
Jonathan Swift: The Reluctant Rebel by John Stubbs This audio book took me FOREVER to get through 31 hours of audio. Over all I think it was a very well written/narrated book but for the casual reader (not a Swift fanatic) it may be a bit MUCH/5(9).