Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” is the prime example of satire. Swift is very keen on mocking the wealthy and exposing their tendencies. Swift argued, the wealthy wanted consume everything in sight. “A Modest Proposal” was designed to ridicule those who were acting immoral or foolish. Swift’s great idea to save Ireland from poverty and starving was to sell their children and eat them. The whole idea is very harsh and that is the point. Swift wanted people to become outraged by his horrific talk. It shows how out of control the government has gotten and Swift is just pointing out the obvious.
Swift talks about how his plan would help the poor pay off their landlords. “A Modest Proposal is full of moral indignation. Swift’s bitter style comes from a classical satire called “Juvenalian.” It was named after a satirist poet.
Juvenal was a Latin satirist in the first century. Juvenal wrote about rich people, city living and Roman society. Just like Juvenal, Swifts ideas are blunt and harsh.
Swift doesn’t spend any of his time disguising his ideas.This is a quote from “A Modest Proposal””I grant this food will be somewhat dear, and therefore very proper for landlords, who, as they have already devoured most of the parents, seem to have the best title to the children.” (12)Swift had a very different writing style. Cramming as many words into a sentence to makes his point as clear as day.This is a quote from “A Modest Proposal” on his writing style.”I think it is agreed by all parties that this prodigious number of children in the arms, or on the backs, or at the heels of their mothers, and frequently of their fathers, is, in the present deplorable state of the kingdom, a very great additional grievance; and therefore, whoever could find out a fair, cheap, and easy method of making these children sounds useful members of the commonwealth would deserve so well of the public as to have his statue set up for a preserver of the nation.” (2)