Jonathan Swifts A Modest Proposal

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The power of Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal" does not stem, in large part, from its irony. Instead, it stems from the swift sentences in paragraphs 28-30, that so clearly point out the injustices of life for those in Ireland in the seventeenth century.


Paragraph 2 continues with the description of this public nuisance, expressing how the children in the streets also are an aggravation, since they apparently wander the streets with nothing to do that would further the well-being of the country.
Swift's ostensible solution is a complex system of purchasing the children of the poor, putting them in facilities that would do a good job of turning them into meat products, and selling that meat to the wealthy, or exporting it out of the country. He goes into some detail about the culinary benefits of eating a young child, as well as the economic benefits, in terms of the cost saved and the additional tax revenues that would be available to the state. He also points out that there would be fewer "papists" (or Catholics) to aggravate the British public's sensibilities. As far as feasibility is concerned, Swift does not spend any time discussing whether or not this would be considered a moral outrage, but instead addressed the availability of product markets for this new sort of food.
Paragraph 28 is where this essay takes a sudden turn into sincerity. ...
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