A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift

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What is the main idea of "A Modest Proposal"?

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In a “Modest Proposal,” Jonathan Swift recommends a remedy for the great number of paupers’ children in the streets. He thinks that these children can serve a useful purpose and become less burdensome to both their parents and state. He therefore suggests that they be sold as a fancy delicacy to the affluent once they attain the age of one and above. This, he asserts, would not only benefit the helpless children that would grow up to destitute destructive futures just like their parents, but also their parents who would become economically empowered by...

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