What attitudes and social practices of both the Irish and the English does Swift condemn?

– A modest Proposal by Jonathan Smith (https://www.gutenberg.org/files/1080/1080-h/1080-h.htm)
1. What warrant (Links to an external site.) about the treatment of the Irish people is suggested by Swift’s proposal? Consider the metaphors “just dropped from its dam” (paragraph 4) and “whose wives are breeders” (paragraph 6).
2. The author Swift assumes a persona in this satire. He pretends to be a different person in order to make his point. What are the characteristics of his persona? Where in the essay does he reveal them?
3. There are places in the satire where the author Swift reveals his true feelings. Where do you see that he does this? What true feelings does he reveal?
4. In the satire Swift relies on lists of facts, or statistical evidence. Do these facts help persuade the reader?
5. What attitudes and social practices of both the Irish and the English does Swift condemn?
6. All satires have embedded in them a real solution, which Professor Crane calls the “kernel of truth”. In “A Modest Proposal”, the satirical solution is harvesting babies. What is the real solution that Swift endorses? Where did you find it? How can you tell it’s real. (Hint: This question connects with question 3.) Does Swift think his real proposal will be embraced by his peers?
7. Many of Swift’s peers took this satire literally and were enraged. Why do you think they failed to recognize the satire and irony?

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