Synopsis[ edit ] This essay is widely held to be one of the greatest examples of sustained irony in the history of the English language. Much of its shock value derives from the fact that the first portion of the essay describes the plight of starving beggars in Ireland, so that the reader is unprepared for the surprise of Swift's solution when he states: He uses methods of argument throughout his essay which lampoon the then-influential William Petty and the social engineering popular among followers of Francis Bacon. These lampoons include appealing to the authority of "a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London" and "the famous Psalmanazara native of the island Formosa " who had already confessed to not being from Formosa in
Jonathan Swift was Right: Eating Babies is the Answer to Overpopulation Please only accept if you know the essay by Swift to which I am referring. This is a humorous debate, and not meant to be taken seriously.
I do not actually support eating babies.
I will assert that cannibalizing babies, not just Irish babies, but all babies, is the solution to not just overpopulation, but also world hunger. It may even have additional ancillary benefits. Thanks to my opponent for accepting. Con An overview of Johnathan Swift's "A modest Proposal" For those that do not know, Johnathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal" was a satirical essay dealing with the potato famine, over-population, and the thoughtlessness of the upper class.
He proposes that the upper class begin eating poor Irish babies.
It would save them from a hard life of the potato famine, decrease beggar population, provide a new exquisite dish to the privileged table, and keep the U. For further reading, here is a link: Why this wouldn't work in today's society http: According to the site mentioned above, the amount of abortions for the poor has increased exponentially in recent years, especially among the lower socioeconomical classes.
So, they are really eating the babies themselves! Moreover, the poor now have government provided houses, cell phones, and transportation, so they are no longer an eyesore for the newly emerged Middle Class and Upper Class.
Also, it doesn't matter if we started eating the babies of the poor because in places like China, the poor are reproducing so fast that it would no longer be an exquisite cuisine, but a dish as common as the bread at Olive Garden or the chips and salsa so associated with Mexican Restaurants!
It would ruin the Upper Class's appetite and it would sicken the Middle Class Conservatives that they are partaking of an unproductive member of society! They might even refuse to partake of it because they fear the spread of Liberal Laziness!
For these many reasons, Jonathan Swift's proposal is no longer valid. But hope is not lost! In high school, I wrote a satirical essay specifically for Memphis, TN and its over-population of the poor, coincidentally African-American population.
Evacuate everyone with no criminal record AND whose parents made a collective dollars a year with less thandollars of debt all throughout their lives and are currently making at least 45, dollars a year would be evacuated from the City of Memphis and the Tennessee National Guard would lock down the city.
After this was completed, weapons and ammunition would be dropped into the city along with random food drops dropped into organized crime areas.
We would then watch as the bane of Memphis's existence killed each other off and became our entertainment for live TV every day, just like the Hunger Games! If they attempted to break through the national Guard, we would kill them ourselves.
I suggested that we even collapse buildings onto the poor so that it would kill the trouble makers and force Memphis's hand in renovations. The pros of this proposition are that it would get rid of the poor problem in Memphis, provide an example to terrible cities like Chicago and San Francisco where the gays are causing quite the stirand the end result would be a happier, more modern city with lower crime.
If the poor were to somehow regain population in Memphis, I would suggest a routine quarantine and destruction of the city would become necessary every 50 years.
This would continue to provide more examples and excellent entertainment to the other classes, who love to watch them suffer anyways! The cons of this are developing better criteria to who stays and who goes, the cost of this entertainment would be high and execution would be much more efficient and cheaper.
As well as the fact that renovations would cost quite a bit of money. My response to these pathetic attacks are that for it to be plausible, it has to be worthy of the other class' time and it would have to have a beneficial look after the destruction.
The costs could be covered by donations from the wealthy and the live observation channels' subscriptions from the middle class, required by the government if needed.
How does this help to decrease world population? Well, obviously one city isn't going to do the job, but an entire country of considerable size such as China would not only aid in decreasing the world's population, it would be very easy to remove the upper class and relatively small middle class of China.Jonathan Swift's satirical essay from , where he suggests that the Irish eat their own children.
Note: Jonathan Swift (), author and satirist, famous for Gulliver's Travels () and A Modest Proposal (). This proposal, where he suggests that the Irish eat their own children, is one of his most drastic pieces. He devoted. A Modest Proposal For preventing the Children of Poor People From being a Burthen to Their Parents or Country, and For making them Beneficial to the Publick, commonly referred to as A Modest Proposal, is a Juvenalian satirical essay written and published anonymously by Jonathan Swift in Author: Jonathan Swift.
absurd as the idea about eating babies from “A Modest attheheels.com this satirical essay, Swift offers up one solution to Ireland's devastating food shortage: eating babies.
The full title of the essay, originally published as a Jul 4, . This is perhaps the most famous line in the essay.
It is in this sentence that Swift grounds the gastronomical side of his satirical “modest proposal” that the people of Ireland should eat their young. Swift introduces this idea in the most shocking way possible with his claim that one-year-old babies are “delicious” whether they are.
The actual issues are addressed in a serious undertone beneath the outlandish proposals and considerations of eating Irish babies in this funny yet serious, satirical essay by Swift.
Popular Essays The barber's Trade union Summary. In Jonathan Swift’s satirical work, A Modest Proposal, the reader is presented with a horrible concept using extremely effective language and logos; Swift uses strong speech, rational tone, and complex grammar to convince readers that eating children will solve all the problems in 19th century Ireland.