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In this excerpt from “A Modest Proposal” by Johnathan Swift, what does the author list?
I can think of no one objection, that will possibly be raised against this proposal, unless it should be urged, that the number of people will be thereby much lessened in the kingdom. This I freely own, and ’twas indeed one principal design in offering it to the world. I desire the reader will observe, that I calculate my remedy for this one individual Kingdom of Ireland, and for no other that ever was, is, or, I think, ever can be upon Earth. Therefore let no man talk to me of other expedients: Of taxing our absentees at five shillings a pound: Of using neither cloaths, nor houshold furniture, except what is of our own growth and manufacture: Of utterly rejecting the materials and instruments that promote foreign luxury: Of curing the expensiveness of pride, vanity, idleness, and gaming in our women: Of introducing a vein of parsimony, prudence and temperance: Of learning to love our country, wherein we differ even from Laplanders, and the inhabitants of Topinamboo: Of quitting our animosities and factions, nor acting any longer like the Jews, who were murdering one another at the very moment their city was taken: Of being a little cautious not to sell our country and consciences for nothing: Of teaching landlords to have at least one degree of mercy towards their tenants. Lastly, of putting a spirit of honesty, industry, and skill into our shop-keepers, who, if a resolution could now be taken to buy only our native goods, would immediately unite to cheat and exact upon us in the price, the measure, and the goodness, nor could ever yet be brought to make one fair proposal of just dealing, though often and earnestly invited to it.
reforms that had failed to improve Ireland’s situation
the unrealistic measures discussed by Irish government officials
viable measures that could improve Ireland’s situation
measures that would help unify the populace of Ireland
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A. Unsuccessful reforms to improve the situation in Ireland.
Jonathan Swift wrote his pamphlet “A Modest Proposal” as a critique of how the English monarchy treated the Irish people. Struggling with poverty, and inhuman living conditions, laden with population growth especially in the poorest parts, he proposed a number of proposals to tackle Ireland’s problem.
In the excerpt from the proposal, Swift states that the solution he came up with should not be considered for other kingdoms because it was only for the kingdom of Ireland. It lists the many suggestions that have been considered, but have failed to help improve the situation. He listed the ‘failed’ reforms that have been made – such as the ban on the purchase of foreign goods, “To remedy the cost of pride, vanity, Idleness, and gambling in our women, honesty, industry, and skill in our shoppers “etc. All these suggestions are naive and unrealistic, making his proposal the only one possible. It is worth remembering that this whole project is a shepherd’s work. and is not a practical work, which Swift uses to criticize the government.
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