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A Modest Proposal

This is an extract from A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People in Ireland from Being a Burden to their Parents or Country, and for Making them Beneficial to the Public.

The Number of Souls in Ireland being usually reckoned one Million and a half; of these I calculate there may be about Two hundred Thousand Couples whose Wives are Breeders; from which Nuumber I subtract thirty thousand Couples, who are able to maintain their own Children; although I apprehend there cannot be so many, under the present Distress of the Kingdom; but this being granted, there will remain an Hundred and Seventy Thousand Breeders …

After reading the passage from “A Modest Proposal”, answer the following questions:

1. Highlight the details which refer to the condition of the Irish poor.
2. List the details which refer to the attitude and policy of the ruling class towards the poor and summarize them with your own words
3. How would you describe the mentality of the writer? In what terms does he deal with the problem of Irish poverty?
4. How would you describe the style used by Swift: factual, figurative, bombastic, emotional?
5. What is Swift’s tone and how do the elements discussed bring it out?
6. What is the message conveyed by the satirical work to:
a. The ruling class
b. The Irish people?
7. According to H.W. Fowler’s definition, the motive of satire is amendment, its province morals and manners,
its method accentuation, and its audience the self-satisfied. Do you agree with this definition? Give reasons for your answer.
8. Explain the immorality of the Restoration.

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