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Roberts, Daniel Sarah Sentilles UNIV 110 2/28/08 Jonathan Swift, “A Modest Proposal” Jonathan Swift’s “Modest Proposal” for preventing the children of poor people in Ireland from being a “burden” to their parents or country exemplifies satire. Swift’s “Modest Proposal” creates irony in the title itself, because his proposal is anything but “Modest.” He proposes that Ireland solve all its’ problems by simply opening the meat market to the youth of Ireland. This idea seems perfect as he further goes into the gruesome details of how the process can be done. “It is exactly at one year old 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.” In this way the burden of starving infants will no longer be a burden but a blessing. Swift further suggests ways of cooking and dressing such infants to
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course UNIV 110 taught by Professor Sarahsentilles during the Spring '08 term at CSU Channel Islands.

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