SWIFT`S MODEST PROPOSAL 3
Iwas surprised by the author’s proposal for eliminating poverty inIreland. The author recommends that people should refrain frominfluence by the foreign culture, as well as avoid incurringunnecessary expenses such as purchasing household furniture andcloaths. Besides, he recommends that absentee landlords should pay atax of five shillings per pound. The proposal also recommendscitizens to consume local products, instead that could be affordableand supportive to the economy. On the same note, the author suggeststhat people should avoid engaging in unnecessary pleasures throughintroducing temperance, parsimony, and prudence measures (Swift,2003).
Atthe beginning of the reading, the author had painted a picture thathis proposal would be based on cannibalizing on the young ones. Theillusion was convincing because he claims that his friend from theIsland of Formosa were using the same strategy back at home tocontrol widespread poverty. His friend alleged that their localexecutioner used to sell the carcass of the convicted persons tovaluable individuals (Swift, 2003).
Inaddition, the author calculates the budget for an infant. Hedetermines the cost for nursing beggar’s child and its possiblecost by the end of the year. The calculations are convincing enoughto make the reader believe that the author is contemplating onchildren’s sale business to for generating income (Swift, 1996).
Lastly,I had also been convinced by the illusion that the author wasproposing that Ireland should depend on the business of sellingchildren because he started by painting Ireland citizens as extremelyimpoverished persons with no alternative methods of combatingpoverty. Besides, Swift convinces readers that beggars and unemployedpersons are the real problem to the country because they bearchildren that they cannot afford to educate. These children in turnbecome notorious criminals in an attempt to earn a living (Swift,1996).
Swift,J. (2003). A Modest Proposal for preventing the children of poorpeople in Ireland, from being a burden on their parents or country,and for making them beneficial to the publick (1729). TheVictorian Web.
Swift,J. (1996). AModest Proposal and Other Satirical Works.Courier Dover Publications.