In A Modest Proposal Swift uses exaggeration to show his support for Irelands

In a modest proposal swift uses exaggeration to show

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In A Modest Proposal Swift uses exaggeration to show his support for Ireland’s independence from England because of the mistreatment of the Irish people. However he does this by saying he would support the whole country eating babies to support the weak economy and rid the county of famine. He does not entirely mean his statement of literally eating babies. “I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed is at a year old a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled;” 2 . This shows how satire is only effective for the “in between the lines” kind of reader, otherwise most people would think he wants to eat infants. A Modest Proposal shows exactly how satire can easily be misunderstood. Satire is used to criticize groups, individuals and institutions whether it be fictional or real to make us feel uncomfortable and/or criticize ourselves or fellow human beings for their flaws. Swift used satire to mock scientific institutions of his time, as these scientific institutions were doing unnecessary and unhelpful research. Saturday Night Live still uses satire to mock
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