Swift And Voltaire
Jonathan Swift?s ?A Modest Proposal? and ?Candide,? by Voltaire are both satires that mock man and society. The messages in these satires are both aimed at the same type of audience, the upper class society.
In ?A Modest Proposal,? Swift writes about a possible solution for Ireland?s poverty and over population. His work was aimed towards the English, complaining of their maltreatment.
He attacks the English for economical problems of Ireland by proposing an elaborate plan to use the gross amount of children as food. He, as narrator makes this proposal in such a tone a reader with very little education may take him seriously, which was not the intent for the piece. His sarcasm is meant to ridicule the English for their lack of concern and weak solutions.
Swift makes references to both the English upper class and the lower class of society. Readers may find him to be condescending. He refers to the poor being made liable to distress because they will have something of value, their children, to be sold for food. This is an attack on the system, the upper class, even though he mocks the moralities
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