A modest Proposal

we_eat_babiesIn Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal”, he suggests a solution to rid Ireland of poverty in the 1700’s. His solution involves eating babies because they are expensive and are unable to work for the family’s welfare. I am not offended by this proposal. I think it is humorous because that is clearly how his proposal was intended to come across. He says that if his plan went into action, women would love their babies more because they would be able to sell them for money, and men would not beat their pregnant wives because the babies in their wombs would be worth something. I was surprised by the content of this piece, but I think it is actually an effective argument. Because the proposal is so ridiculous, it shows that Ireland does not have many options and really needs help from the British.


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