How and Why Does Du Bois Allude to Swift's "A Modest Proposal"?

How and Why Does Du Bois Allude to Swift
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Name: Course: Lecturer: Date: How and why does Du Bois allude to Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” Jonathan Swifts’ A model proposal was received by readers with mixed reactions. Many people criticized Swift for being inhuman and considered him as a person who did not respect and value human life.


In his story, A Mild Suggestion, Du Bois alludes Swift’s A Modest Proposal. Having looked at the problems that were caused by the high population characterized by poor people in Ireland, Swift does his calculations and comes up with a proposal for the Ireland society. He says that, “I propose to provide for them in such a Manner, as, instead of being a Charge upon their Parents, or the Parish, or wanting Food and Raiment for the rest of their Lives; they shall, on the contrary, contribute to the Feeding, and partly to the Clothing, of many Thousands” (Swift 3). Swift states that the problem that affects the society most is overpopulation. In fact, he states that most abortions occur in society because of financial constraints as opposed to moral decadence. He states that poor people give birth to many children whereas they cannot afford to cater for their needs. Through satire, he proposes that poor catholic families of Irish origin should feed and fatten their children then sell them to wealthy people, the Protestants, who are the land owners. This way they will be able to resolve the predicament of poverty and starving their children. The wealthy Protestants would use those children for their food purposes. This is a satirical story that mocks the poor in the society(Swift 4). W.E.B Du Bois alludes Swift’s A Modest Proposal by writing A Mild Suggestion. ...
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