A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift

What is your emotional reaction to this essay? Do you find it amusing or offensive? Why? Swift depicts to the audience of how the poor people crowd the streets of Doblin, Ireland. Many of the women who beg for money have their children following them around wearing nothing but cloths. Swift presents an idea of how to solve the problem of the growing population of poverty, but also the inhabitants as a whole. He suggests that we should eat the children once they are at least one year old. At first I was slightly discussed, but though the essay, Swift gives interesting logic that supports his proposal. Examples like, the children would be good for dinner parties and that children would be in season year round. Although I don’t believe in eating children, I do think Swift presents a good argumentation.


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