A Modest Proposal and Other Satires

A Modest Proposal

Lines1-9: What picture of the economic situation in Ireland is created by the details in the paragraph? Explain. What is the effect of presenting this description of the problem at the beginning of the essay

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The first lines chronical how poor mothers have to beg for food. They are Catholic and drag their brood of hungry kids around the city.

...crowded with Beggars of the female Sex, followed by three, four, or six Children, all in Rags, and importuning every Passenger for an Alms. These Mothers instead of being able to work for their honest livelyhood, are forced to employ all their time in Stroling, to beg Sustenance for their helpless Infants, who, as they grow up either turn Thieves for want of work...