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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 "He suggests that the only way to save Ireland from overpopulation and poverty is to kill the children of the poor families and serve their meat as a delicacy to the nobility of Ireland." For example, "whoever could find out a fair, cheap and easy method of making these children sound and useful members of the common-wealth would deserve so well of the publick, as to have his statue set up for a preserver of the nation." Swift uses irony to make suggestions about how to deal with the poor's problems. Elements of SatireIn A Modest Proposal Ironic Tone Example: "I can think of no one objection that will possibly be raised against this proposal,unless it be urged that the number of people will be thereby much lessened in the kingdom." The narrator humbly proposes his thoughts on cannibalism as if it was an everyday thing Example: In the opening, Swift talks about "the streets ,the roads, and cabin doors, crowded with beggars of female sex, followed by three, four,or six children,all in rags and importuning every passenger for an palms." Swifts exaggerated use of satire as a device to reveal the corruption of society in his writing. Exaggeration Sarcasm Irony Tone In the example above,the irony is that the speaker truly doesn't see the poor as real people.and doesn't care about them.Obviously since he is suggesting to sell and eat their children. Jonathan Swift's main objective by using sarcasm was to draw attention to the downfall of the Irish people and motivate readers to find a workable solution.
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