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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal”


Jonathan Swift, the writer of this essay, was a great satirist. Ridicule and sarcasm in those times were thrown at England, through the use of irony, in giving this modest proposal that in order for children not to be a burden to their parents or the country, they should be sold as food. He would always see the pitiful state of mothers, and even fathers, barely making ends meet to be able to feed them.

These days, just like such essay about Ireland’s poverty, our own country also has families that have many children. We can see poor parents with around five and more children who they can’t support; thus, streetchildren, beggars, and the like.

Personally, it hurts to see very small children begging for food; some dig up garbage cans searching for dirty morsels of other people’s leftovers. -Ann R. Villanueva

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