When Words Do Not Mean What They Say - An Analysis of Swift's "Modest Proposal"

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Paul B

 

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January 2, 2015

 

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These mothers instead of being able to work for their honest livelihood, are forced to employ all their time in stroling to beg sustenance for their helpless infants . . .." (Swift, p. __) In having the reader picture the brutal conditions, anguish and despair of Ireland's poor, mainly women and children, he takes the cold and abstract "beggar" term and warms and humanizes it...
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This image, common enough at that time for all readers to be aware of it, sets up the reader for shock and disdain at Swift's proposal. Swift, by warning that, "I shall now therefore humbly propose my own thoughts, which I hope will not be liable to the least objection." is telling the reader to be ready for something that is likely to cause objection...
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