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Posted November 27, 2012 at 6:14 AM via iOS

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What does Jonathan Swift see as an alternative to the  plan he advanced in his Modest Proposal?

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 27, 2012 at 6:36 AM (Answer #1)

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First, it should be notes that A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift was a satire. He was not actually advancing a real plan to solve famine by eating Irish babies. Instead, he was Dean of the Dublin Cathedral and devout member of the Anglican Church, and concerned about the poverty and injustice being suffered by the Irish as a result of English oppression. As the church at the time was responsible for administration of the poor law, his practical interest was in church reform, especially reforming the injustice that led to monies gathered as tithes to go mainly to enriching a small group of aristocrats that used patronage to maintain control of bishoprics. The main practical solutions would be agricultural reform and poor law reform.

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