A Modest Proposal and Other Satires

does the essay indicate what swift considers to be the causes of these conditions?

The modest proposal

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Swift considers overpopulation to be a large cause of the condition in Ireland. But remember, this is a satire written during the potato famine by an Englishman. He portrays the Irish as thieves and blames Ireland's overpopulation on the Catholics. Swift refers to the Catholics as papists, a derogatory term at best.


A Modest Proposal