"Summary of A Modest Proposal"

In "A Modest Proposal", Jonathan Swift uses
irony to draw attention to the poor condition that
Ireland is in. Swift begins the story by describing
the conditions of poverty and hunger that people are
living in. He states the number of poor and hungry
children. He then explains his plan to help the
problem. Swift explains that eating children for a
meal will significantly reduce the number of them
living in poverty. He tells how every part of the
child will be used to make things. He describes how
butcher houses will be set up for the babies and how
they will kill them. Swift tells the reader that his
plan is good because it is better for the babies to
go to good use rather than rotting in the streets.
Some advantages to this plan are a reduction in the
number of Catholics, it will provide a source of
money for the poor, the nation\'s stock will rise,
and it will let the breeder get rid of their child
after one year. Swift points out things that are to
be considered. How do they plan to provide for
100,000 useless mouths and backs? Also, how do they
plan to get out of debt. Lastly, he tell us that
he is working to improve the public, advance
trade, provide for infants, relieve the poor, and
give pleasure to the rich.