Effectiveness of a Modest Proposal Essay

1186 Words Feb 18th, 2006 5 Pages
The year is 1729. Life in Dublin, Ireland consists of less living and more suffering. Over population and poverty become every family's newest members. Catholics and Protestants are in constant struggle, as their two hundred year battle continues in the land of green. One man filled with bitterness takes on the task of slapping fellow countrymen in the face with reality. One man named Jonathan Swift provides the hand. Jonathan Swift writes "A Modest Proposal" with "no other motive than the public good of my country." He writes criticism upon the countrymen of Ireland, upon the masses. With his proposal, Swift's "intention is very far from being confined to provide only for the children of professed beggars," because he wants to …show more content…
Running parallel to the use of satire, the clarity in this work help make the piece more efficient. The proposal is clear that "a young healthy child well nursed is at a year old a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food." Once again, by making such an unorthodox idea seem so real, people will have to think. Cause and effect plays a major role. By making his idea clear, Irish will think twice about letting Swift's plan take action. To the morals of most, eating babies is barbaric and primitive, and no one would want to sell their child. Swift's clarity becomes Swift's seriousness. With such a well thought plan, he must be serious about putting the plan into action, or this is the mind sight of Ireland's impoverished. In order to prevent babies from becoming a menu item at the local delicatessen, people must detest Swift's idea. This creates the reaction Swift's wants. Irish citizens will step forward to solve their own problem, and Swift could ask for nothing less. Clarity plays a major part in challenging the Irish from behind. Beyond clarity, the use of logic throughout the piece makes this writing very cogent. Swift takes the time to calculate income and production, in order to strengthen his argument. Real numbers are hard to argue against, and Swifts calculations become a pillar. Of the hundred and twenty thousand children that he counted, "twenty thousand may be reserved for breed" while all that is left

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