What reaction did Swift want from "A Modest Proposal?"

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This text is a satire , one that uses exaggeration and ridicule to expose and criticize the rich English in order to provoke change. The speaker is not Swift himself but, rather, a man who genuinely believes that he is suggesting a truly great idea, something that will make him deserving of a "statue set up for [him as] a preserver of the nation." We can tell that we are not supposed to take this man seriously for a number of reasons. First, for example, although the idea of the Irish selling their babies as a food source for the English is audacious at best and inhuman at worst, the speaker thinks this proposal is merely a "Modest" one. Further, he claims that a newborn child, on average, will weigh twelve pounds and will grow to...

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