• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How effective is 'Modest Proposal' by Jonathon Swift

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

How effective is 'Modest Proposal' by Jonathon Swift A 'Modest Proposal' is written by Gulliver's travel book author Jonathon Swift, and was written in 1729. Jonathon Swift was born in 1667 and died in 1745. It's a proposal which swift gave to the Irish government to stop tolerance in poverty, in Ireland. By 1729, something had to be done, regardless of how drastic it was, therefore a proposal was written. The proposal was meant to 'shock' the Irish people, but the Irish government ignored his 'modest proposal'. Due to these harsh taxes and other laws passed from distant England, Ireland was quickly becoming a land of the starving. The proposal was a political pamphlet sent to the government of the Irish and the British enquiring about the Irish people and the status they were currently in at the time. Swift at the beginning was sent out of England by the church and sent into exile in Ireland. This is where swift first seen the horror of poverty, famine, and plenty of beggers, in Ireland. Swift also uses his own individual serious proposal to the Irish government. Swift was also an ex-vicar, so he does know a little about religion in England. Swift also suggests a number of ways of improving the situation in Ireland but the government of Ireland ignore his very valuable suggestions. ...read more.

Middle

Swift then says in paragraph 15 that a good fat child carcass would cost around 10 shillings, so they would earn a reasonable amount of profit. Swift then, in the last paragraph says he will make no profit out of this business proposal as his youngest child is 9 yrs of age and his wife is past child bearing. This is all the information that swift gives about his proposal. Throughout the whole essay Swift says that he has thoroughly researched this idea. I have shown this above in this paragraph by showing quotations of swift working out calculations and making estimations. I will now look at how swift in his proposal suggests of any argumentative points towards the proposal. Swift firstly starts by using irony and yet arguing his point by saying "object to those who walk through this great town" on line 1 of the proposal. He basically is saying that Ireland is a great country with great potential but yet there are many beggars and things have to be sorted out before it to late. Swift is arguing this point as he is emphasising the point that Ireland does require severe improvements. Other argumentative points that Swift makes are in the 4th paragraph of the proposal where he begins to say "one year old that I propose to provide for them in such a manner". ...read more.

Conclusion

If a writer uses sarcastic words incorrectly the reader could understand it like a bad joke or even think that writer is mad. Satire can shock people because it often presents foolish ideas. This is basically what swift does do in this proposal. Swift does shock the reader as he says about killing peoples own children and eating them or selling them to get out of poverty. At the time this was the only option that arised. I personally felt that swift did go to the extreme and was a bit vile and sick in his satire in the proposal. This basically shows how the satire can make swift look foolish, mad and a bit of a joke. This ends the satirical section. Overall I feel the proposal by swift does eventually go to the extreme and causes the reader to be off putt by that. I also feel that the government were right to ignore the proposal and think of another option. I think this because swift's option would cause Ireland to become out of hand and there would be many cannibals there as well and this would inevitably cause violence and mayhem. Additionally the overall affect of the proposal is quite touching in the sense that parents would have to sacrifice their new born just for a minute sum of money. This concludes my essay of the effectiveness of the modest proposal. ?? ?? ?? ?? Billy Sagoo English coursework 11 SYH ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Jonathan Swift section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Jonathan Swift essays

  1. Swifts 'A Modest Proposal' is considered to be one of the most effective pieces ...

    It is this image that he gives the reader which leads them to believe that he is being serious, because only somebody so uncaring would propose such a solution. But perhaps this was a mistake on Swift's part, because we now know that he had not intended for anybody to take his writing in the literal sense.

  2. What are the Objects of Swift's Satire in 'Gulliver's Travels' in the 'Voyages to ...

    uses fictional characters to express his view, although eventually Swift was forced to leave England and go to Ireland feeling that he could never work in England again. For example in Lilliput Swift satirises how ridiculous the country is, which is meant to be England.

  1. Reading of 'A Modest Proposal' concentrating on how Swift criticised the society in which ...

    The title also covers up what the proposal actually is. In a rough 'translation', the title could mean 'A humble suggestion for preventing the children of the poor from being a burden to their parents as they are of no use to their parents or society, and making them useful to the public'.

  2. "A Modest Proposal"

    Jonathan Swift in his proposal uses data and statistics to get reader on his side. By doing this reader will feels like Jonathan Swift knows what he is talking about and it is not only his ideas, but also it is proven by statistics and data.

  1. Compare the Way in which John Donne and Swift present the women in their ...

    Until he makes love to this woman he will not be able to fall asleep as he will not be happy or content: "Until I labour, I in Labour lie" Another way in which Donne likes to represent his ideal is to compare her to things that one would never think of using.

  2. Discuss the similarities and differences in themes and ideas as shown in a modest ...

    "It's what they're seeking, the street people. What they crave. If they can only find Shelter everything will be fine. Well get fell in my lucky lads. I'm ready for you." Daily Routine Orders 1 This suspense is intensified every time Shelter kills someone.

  1. In a Modest Proposal, by Jonathan Swift, the main objective was to draw attention ...

    Just imagine how it would go over in today's world if during the next presidential election this was one of the proposals of the candidates. Picture this. The next presidential candidate for the United States presidency asks welfare citizens to eat their children so they can escape poverty.

  2. Discuss the ways in which Swift criticises his society in 'A Modest Proposal'.

    The use of 'helpless Infants' makes it seem even more poignant and sad. We see some of Swift come through and hints at the fact that the Protestants who have made them peasants are the ones to blame for them turning to crime.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work