One of the voices that are present throughout the story is that of irony. The story itself is ironic since no one can take Swifts proposal seriously. This irony is clearly demonstrated at the end of the story; Swift makes it clear that this proposal would not affect him since his children were grown and his wife unable to have any more children. It would be rather absurd to think that a rational man would want to both propose this and partake in the eating of another human being. Therefore, before an canalization can continue, one has to make the assumption that this is strictly a fictional work and Swift had no intention of pursuing his proposal any further. You ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases.
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Cassie Manoogian Dr. Altman English 27 October RRC 8 Jonathan Swift was a minister in eighteenth-century Ireland who became tired of listening to the complaining of the rich of how the children of poor people were a burden to their parents and the country and how they needed to be beneficial to the rest of society. Swift is known for his satirical writings, but in this piece he was trying to prove a point to society of how heartless they were becoming and how ridiculous they sounded. In the writing I noticed a aggravated and a satirical tone. The fact that children are being blamed for destroying a nation is ridiculous.
The phrase a modest proposal is now often used ironically to introduce an idea that is radical or outrageous. Satire is a literary tool used to ridicule human foolishness and evil through humor and irony. A proposal , when in the form of an essay, usually offers a solution to a social or political problem.
Many critics like William Deans Howells; T. Eliot etc. Eliot says that.