Reading Map 2 - Daejin(Bryan Kim ENG105 Reading Map#2 Part...

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Daejin (Bryan) Kim 5/1/07 ENG105 Reading Map #2 Part One: PERSONA The author writes this essay as critic of contemporary economy of his country. He writes as himself, expressing much knowledge of what is going on economically. It seems that he has prepared himself to prove that landlords are being indifferent to their tenants and their conditions upon which it is hard to raise a family, especially with children. He writes with a unique perspective of having the Irish children be eaten so that families can make more income. Although at first, it is not easy to catch his satirical tone, he makes his point of view on cannibalism clear when he says, “A young healthy child well nursed, is, at a year old, a most delicious nourishing and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricassee, or a ragout” (502 Swift). Swift even prepared himself with numbers: he provides how many people are unable to raise their children properly: “[…] I calculate there may be about two hundred thousand couples whose wives are breeders; from which number I subtract thirty thousand couples who are able to maintain their own children, […]. There only remain an hundred and twenty thousand children of poor parents annually born” (502 Swift).
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