Jonathan Swift’s "A Modest Proposal" was written in a time when Ireland was in great need of help due to poverty and over population. Swift wrote this proposal to the English to complain of its horrible treatment and to give some way to try to help Ireland out of being over populated and out of poverty.
The conditions in Ireland at this time were very unfavorable if one was not from a wealthy family.
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families for a succulent meal. Thus there would be fewer people begging on the street and the woman would in return have some money in her pocket.
Today people may not know whether to laugh or cry in disgust at Swift’s proposal. In the 18th century this concept might have been all right to write about ,but today nobody in their right mind would ever think of doing something like this to reduce poverty.