In "A Modest Proposal," at what point did you realize you were reading satire, and what helped you to reach that conclusion? Explain what Swift's main idea really is and why he chose satire to express it. Are there more effective ways he could have made the same point?
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At what point did you realize you were reading satire, I knew pretty early as I detected from his sarcastic, farcical language use that he was just exaggerating to make an effect as he maintains using lofty language how the "prodigious number of children in the arms, or on the backs, or at the heels of their mothers, and frequently of their fathers, is in the present deplorable state of the kingdom a very great additional grievance..." His tone was fairly obvious to me from the start, especially when the selling of kids, like livestock, was mentioned. The cooking part really gave me a strong indication was he was being satiric.
As you also elaborate what helped you to reach that conclusion, he ...
Swift's "A Modest Proposal" is clearly discussed in terms of style with textual references as proof.