Literary Analysis Of A Modest Proposal

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I will be analyzing the short essay “A Modest Proposal” by Jonathan Swift in this literary analysis. This essay demonstrated tactics or ideas of how to convert the poor kids of ireland into useful members of the community. Some of the ideas in this story are rather odd, but will make the reader realize that Swift means well for the children of Ireland and only wants them to be true contributors to the commonwealth of Ireland.

In the story “A Modest Proposal” Swift spread many ideas throughout the essay. It was made to be seen that Swift did not care for children mainly because they placed burdens on their parents and they had no contribution to society. This was actually not true. Swift is trying to add value to these children
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too frequent among us, sacrificing the poor innocent babes, I doubt, more to avoid the expence than the shame, which would move tears and pity in the most savage and inhuman breast” (Swift 5). Another reason as to why Swift cares for children is in this excerpt clearly stating that he clearly dislikes abortions. The reason behind this hate is most likely no different that any other persons hate for abortion, and that is simply because it is the taking of unborn child’s life. Another reason behind Swift 's hatred could possibly be because he feels that if children are not being born, then how can they contribute to the…show more content…
“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; and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricasie, or a ragoust” (Swift 8). Swift likes to have the children contribute to the nation as quickly as they possibly can as you can see here as he wants to start feasting on the children after they only just turned 1 year old. “ That the remaining hundred thousand may, at a year old, be offered in sale to the persons of quality and fortune, through the kingdom, always advising the mother to let them suck plentifully in the last month, so as to render them plump, and fat for a good table. A child will make two dishes at an entertainment for friends, and when the family dines alone, the fore or hind quarter will make a reasonable dish, and seasoned with a little pepper or salt, will be very good boiled on the fourth day, especially in winter” (Swift 9). Swift most likely feels the children should be sold and then served to the rich landowners is because he believes it will truly help the commonwealth of the nation, and will help the overpopulation issue. Swift obviously believes it is a “win win” for the nation, the people, the parents, and
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