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ASSIGNMENT 5.2: SATIRE- A MODERN PROPOSAL TRANSLATION Johnathan Swift's Modern Idea outlines a startling satirical solution to the challenges facing Ireland. He uses a distressing theme to bring on the disparity that Irish society faced in the 18th century. Swift tackles problems such as overpopulation, challenges faced by the vulnerable in raising children, and inequalities of influence in Ireland. I feel as if Swift has only one practical approach that can be considered. In defending Swift's claim, Swift states, "poor tenants would have something of their own worth, which, by statute, should be held liable for hardship and help pay the rent of their owners, their corn and cattle being confiscated, and money unknown" (Swift, 2008, p. 259). Here Swift explains the lack of social mobility suffered by the Irish people. Nobility held power over the working class and seized everything of worth to them. Swift's policy of offering plebeians something useful to sell to their landlords is a practical way to minimise the social gap in Ireland. The use of satire allowed Swift to glaringly point out the inefficiencies of Irish society and to give rise to absurd views on social issues. The persona that Swift undertakes in this satire is that of a rich protestant that seems to think the rich are a much better quality of people, one can clearly see this when he makes a suggestion as to who should've receive some of the poor children “That the remaining hundred thousand may, at a year old, be offered in sale to the persons of quality and fortune,”. The character of this parody is somewhat distinct

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