That's the thing with good satire—if you don't pay attention, you might get a recipe instead of a moral. If anything, he used the first two pages to show off his knowledge and intelligence. I believed that Swift added cannibalizing children to the subject matter to give his proposal a more profound and eye-opening effect, but my readings further piqued my interests on the topic. Though the Proposer refuses to entertain the many other plans that have circulated among politicians, he proceeds to list them anyway. The letter protests against the burning of Vietnamese people occurring overseas. Using various imagery and details, Swift proclaims his real argument that Great Britain needs to help the Irish and to have the British people view them as human and consequently come to their aid. Through his proposal, he is able to get his point across.
Lesson Summary Jonathan Swift's 'A Modest Proposal' is a satirical essay meant to underline the problems of both the English and the Irish in 1729. He believes in a cycle of poverty where the parents are too poor and thus their children remain poor and thus useless to society and his only offering is that these children be put to use. He wants to mock those who wish to repeal the Test Act, suggesting that doing away with a test of proper religious faith Anglicanism would be like repealing Christianity itself. Some people might point out that his plan will lead to a decrease in population, but the Proposer sees this as its chief advantage. Swift was very outspoken on the treatment of the Irish poor. Thompson writes a letter to a local newspaper informing them that, on Christmas Eve, he was going to use to burn a number of dogs and hopefully any humans they find. He assumes more babies will be born in March because it is precisely nine months after Lent.
Swift creates a man who appears concerned and sympathetic towards the poor people while still agreeing and identifying with the upper class of Ireland. This is making an attempt to legitimize a comparison of abortion with eating children. From here on Jack will continuously make the comparison between the two. Another rhetorical device that Jonathan Swift use in his work is irony. In his book A Modest Proposal for America 2013 , statistician opens with a satirical reflection of the extreme drive to fiscal stability by ultra-conservatives.
That is another post, on another blog but I find the statement amusing. Johnson believes that Swift saw major similarities between the two situations. This helps to make himself seem significant and worthwhile to listen to by the upper class people. He also predicts tough future for these children that when they grow up they will turn to be thieves. He wrote this essay to show how undeveloped and bad the state of Ireland is and the social classes. Wittowsky argues that not enough critics have taken the time to focus directly on the mercantilism and theories of labour in 18th century England.
Up to this point, the satire has derived chiefly from the absurd proposals. There are too many homeless subjected to poor weather. Swifts explains that families who cannot provide food to their children and provide an economical future, should just sell their children as food. This goes back to what Swift mentioned before about the perception of an idea despite the intentions. Lastly, of putting a spirit of honesty, industry, and skill into our shop-keepers, who, if a resolution could now be taken to buy only our native goods, would immediately unite to cheat and exact upon us in the price, the measure, and the goodness, nor could ever yet be brought to make one fair proposal of just dealing, though often and earnestly invited to it. He pulls his statistics out of thin air, and yet he seems to trust in them utterly.
Notice how Swift constructs his claim in this sentence. Swift uses the word 'breeders' to refer to women. However, the Proposer respectfully declines this suggestion. Secondly, certain sensitive people may wrongly, the Proposer emphasizes , see the consumption of teenagers as somewhat cruel. Then a victorious snap of the fingers and we have…eating babies.
In the essay, Swift advocates that the penurious Irish should sell their babies to the rich ladies and gentlemen and obtain monetary power required to ease their economic predicaments. As people read through the passage, Swift is able to sneakily encourage people to question the authority of their elitist leadership. Jonathan Swift uses a number of rhetorical devices effectively as he highlights his proposal. The uncontrolled maxim fails to take into account that a person who does not produce in an economic or political way makes a country poorer, not richer. Consider the role of England, the Catholic versus Protestant representations, and the way the poor of Ireland are not shown to have much initiative or even dignity. Now it seems a woman has to be cut open because a nine pound baby is too big to deliver.
In paragraph two, he is requesting for amicable and a permanent solution to help these children from deplorable state they are living. This topic is relatable as this is a social issue that plagues many countries in the present age. Swift uses situational irony in this essay which also represented a work of satire. He convinces his readers that his proposal can solve the prevalent issue during his time. He more likely was suggesting that such beliefs were destructive and foolish, since he put those ideas in the writing of a very prejudiced narrator. The answer, the Proposer heavily implies, will be yes. This is what he wants.