Assignment 1: Essay
Humanities 112: World Cultures II “A Modest Proposal for Preventing The Children of Poor People in Ireland, from Being a Burden on Their Parents or Country, and For Making Them Beneficial to The Publick,” is a story about the author Jonathan Swift, who reveals the life in his country. Swift explains that the streets are filled with begging women and unattended children lurking the streets. The women in the streets have many children and cannot afford to maintain them. Swift suggests that the women should not have this many children because they are not able to financially support them. Swift also suggest those women who beg on the street cannot provide for the children, than what would become of the children are thieves or perhaps they will leave the country. To stop repeated cycles of lurking children and women, Swift proposals solutions for the children to become useful members for the public; such as labors, build houses, and employ them agriculturally and that if the proposal works than the country will benefits tremendously.
After reading this quote, “in the sincerity of my heart, that I have not the least personal interest in endeavouring to promote this necessary work, having no other motive than the publick good of my country, by advancing our trade, providing for infits, relieving the poor, and giving some pleasure to the rich,” I realized that the ending of the story would be different from how I thought it was going to end. The quote suggests Swift was not at all interested in doing the work to find a solution to social and economic issues of his country. Swift truly amazed me at the point when he expressed his true feelings and opinion of him not having interest in the solutions for his country. The “surprise ending” was very surprising to me because Swift suggest he has no children, however if he did he would try to make money off of them. Swift proposals many things to help his country in this