* Site-Outage Notice: Our engineering elves will be tweaking the Shmoop site from Monday, December 22 10:00 PM PST to Tuesday, December 23 5:00 AM PST. The site will be unavailable during this time.
Dismiss
© 2014 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
A Modest Proposal

A Modest Proposal

by Jonathan Swift

Politics Quotes

How we cite our quotes:

Quote #4

I grant this food will be somewhat dear, and therefore very proper for the landlords, who, as they have already devoured most of the parents, seem to have the best title for the children. (12)

Swift hated the idea of political greed. Many of his political arguments were actually moral ones, arguing for charity toward the Irish.

Quote #5

Sixthly, this would be a great inducement to marriage, which all wise nations have either encouraged by rewards or enforced by laws and penalties. (25)

In Swift's dystopian Ireland, even marriage is viewed as a means of producing goods for sale. Chilling.

Quote #6

Therefore, let no man talk to me of other expedients: […] of being a little cautious not to sell our country and consciences for nothing. (28)

Swift not only provides his own (true) suggestions for improving Ireland, but scolds political mercenaries without principles.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...

Advertisement
Noodle's College Search
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement