Essay heading: 18th Century Satire: A Modest Proposal

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In most society’s, including our own, these are very touchy issues that evoke strong opinions and emotions. For a person to publicly announce that such actions are wrong could surely end a career, potentially a life in exile. Through satire, such issues can be discreetly spoken upon. Swift’s subtle insinuation of the fault of the wealthy Irish landlords financially crippling families could not be bluntly stated...
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Swift himself was an Irishman. He reserves respect for the landlords but that does not stop him from pointing out their greed: “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” (2464)...
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