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A Modest Proposal

A Modest Proposal


by Jonathan Swift

A Modest Proposal Power Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Paragraph)

Quote #1

For we [...] neither build houses (I mean in the country) nor cultivate land. (7)

Although the narrator alludes to having a privileged background in the first paragraph, his use of the word "we" firmly places him as a poor Irish tenant.

Quote #2

That the remaining hundred thousand may at a year old be offered in sale to the persons of quality and fortune through the kingdom. (11)

Being able to buy a child is one more way that the wealthy consolidate power.

Quote #3

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 to the children. (12)

The narrator implies that the landlords already have ownership over the children, by merit of their wealth.

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