A Modest Proposal and Other Satires

Find at least two examples of hyperbole in the essay. What effect does this technique have on the essay? What purpose do these examples serve?

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“I rather recommend buying the Children alive, and dressing them hot from the Knife, as we do roasting Pigs.”

Hyperbole used to dehumanize children.

These mothers instead of being able to work for their honest livelihood, 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, or leave their dear native country, to fight for the Pretender in Spain, or sell themselves to the Barbadoes.

Hyperbole used to emphasize poverty's effect on women.


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