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Unformatted text preview: Sheet1 Page 1 ''''A Modest Proposal: For Preventing the Children of Poor People in Ireland from Being a Burden to Their Parents or Country, Err:510 Swift goes to great lengths to support his argument, including a list of possible preparation styles for the children, and calculat This essay is widely held to be one of the greatest examples of sustained irony in the history of the English language. Much o Even today, readers unacquainted with its reputation as a satirical work often do not immediately realize that Swift was not se The satirical element of the pamphlet is often only understood after the reader notes the allusions made by Swift to the attitud In the tradition of Roman satire, Swift introduces the reforms he is actually suggesting by deriding them: < our absentees at five shillings a pound: Of using neither clothes, nor household furniture, except what is of our own growth and manufacture: Of utterly rejecting the materials and instruments that promote foreign luxury: Of curing the expensiveness of pride, vanity, idleness, and gaming in our women: Of introducing a vein of parsimony, prudence and temperance: Of learning to love our country, wherein we differ even from Sami peopleLaplanders, and the Tupi peopleinhabitants of Topinamboo: Of quitting our animosities and factions, nor acting any longer like the Jews, who were murdering one another at the very moment their city was taken: Of being a little cautious not to sell our country and consciences for nothing: Of teaching landlords to have at least one degree of mercy towards their tenants. 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. Therefore I repeat, let no man talk to me of these and the like expedients, ’till he hath at least some glympse of hope, that there will ever be some hearty and sincere attempt to put them into practice.< Err:501 Err:501 Most critics have been reluctant to analyze the targets of Swift’s ''A Modest Proposal'' because of a misreading of Swift’s inten One of Swift’s overarching targets in ''A Modest Proposal'' was the can-do spirit of the times that led people to devise a numbe 'A Modest Proposal'' also targets the calculating way people perceived the poor in designing their projects. The pamphlet targ Critics differ about Swift’s intentions in using this faux-mathematical philosophy. Edmund Wilson argues that statistically “the l Err:510 Charles K. Smith argues that Swift’s rhetorical style persuades the reader to detest the speaker and pity the Irish. Swift’s spec Swift has his proposer further degrade the Irish by using language ordinarily reserved for animals. Lewis argues that the spea Sheet1 Page 2 Swift uses the Proposer’s serious tone to highlight the absurdity of his proposal. In making his argument, the speaker uses theSwift uses the Proposer’s serious tone to highlight the absurdity of his proposal....
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course CS 3304 taught by Professor Chen during the Spring '08 term at University of Houston - Downtown.
- Spring '08
- A Modest Proposal