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What does Swift see as an alternative to his plan?

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aduh13 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 24, 2010 at 4:07 AM via web

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What does Swift see as an alternative to his plan?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 24, 2010 at 4:17 AM (Answer #1)

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Towards the end of the essay, Swift acknowledges a few alternatives to his plan but he does not spend much time on them.  He thinks they are too ridiculous to try.

  • Tax people who live outside Ireland but own land there.
  • Don't use or buy anything that is not produced in Ireland itself.
  • Reject things that "promote foreign luxury."
  • Try to teach women to stop being proud, vain, and idle.
  • Instead, promote thrift among the people.
  • Stop fighting among themselves and learn to love their country.
  • Have landlords and storeowners and such stop being so greedy.

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