AModest Proposalis an essay composed by Jonathan Swifts. The primary purpose ofSwift’s essay was to prevent children from low-income families inIreland not to be a burden to their parents or even the government bymaking them valuable to the public. Jonathan chooses to use satireand surprising end to reach out to his audience whose indifferenceshas been well tested. Swift has come up with a proposal of makingthese kids offer service to the public by raising them as food forthe wealthy citizens. AModest Proposalis a plan that strategies at solving Ireland’s political, economic,and social challenges in Ireland. However, there are variousinstances of surprise ending and point of realization as discussed inthis work.
Thereis a point of realization the moment Swift airs out his proposal onselling poor kids as food to wealthy citizens in the country. Helaments that valuable sources have guaranteed him that a child is themost sumptuous food one can ever eat. Through this revelations, thereader realizes that he is using irony and satire and that even thetitle appears to be ironic (Swift, 2003). It is a surprise for theauthor to select the title AModest Proposalyet he ends up providing negative suggestions, morally flawed idea,and series of surprises throughout the essay. The aim of his proposalis to come up with a fair, simple, and cheap approach in transformingthe starving children of Ireland into productive members of thesociety by being exchanged for money.
Thesurprise finale of AModest Proposalwas seen at the beginning of Swift’s essay. He begins by providingan overview of the plight of poor children in Ireland and saying thatmany of them are beggars. The suggestion was to use cannibalism asthe way out in controlling the highest number of poor people inIreland who most of them happen to be women and children. Thissuggestion was a surprise to the reader, but at the same time, it’sused as a symbolic in that the wealthy persons are manipulating thepoor by living lavishly at the expense of the poor (Swift, 2003).This is to imply that the rich have absolutely no understanding ofthe daily realities of the lower class. A majority of the affluentindividuals in Ireland are disconnected entirely from the lessfortunate the reason why the majority of readers thought it was agood suggestion after all.
Inmy view, Swift has successfully convinced the reader to considercannibalism so that they can effectively manage the high povertylevels and population. He makes his readers believe that he got thissuggestion from the Americans who are already eating their childrenas a meal. He provides the narration of the children who are borninto poverty are hopeless and will become robbers or even depend onother persons to take care of them (Swift, 2003). The author hasanalyzed all the standard resolution to the problems in Ireland. Ifthey happen to consider his proposal the poor population willultimately have something to value. If one has a child, this meansthat it will keep them from poverty since parents can cater for theirexpenses after selling their children. Moreover, it seems a goodproposal because Swift’s children are grown up to be sold thereforehe is not benefiting from the proposal revelation.
SwiftJonathan. (2003). “A Model Proposal.”The Victorian web. Retrievedfrom http://www.victorianweb.org/previctorian/swift/modest.html.