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need help on english cousework it is a comparison of examination day by Henry Slesar and a modest proposal by Jonathon Swift
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These are new on the NEAB syllabus... as such there isn't much out on the net in terms of comparison.

Anyhow, compare this page on Examination Day - Use of language


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To pick out a single metaphor from Swift’s Modest Proposalwould be to undercut his message as a whole. The whole pamphlet, indeed, in its entirety, is one giant, metaphorical irony. The horror of the narrator’s irony serves as a constant metaphor for the horror being experienced by the people of Ireland. His awful proposal is a result, an echo of sorts, of the terrible suffering of the speaker’s own fellow citizens. Thus, Swift carefully uses his entire satire as a symbol for the atrocities already known in his country.

Swift’s dehumanizing satire strives to shed light on the horrible situation of English/Irish tensions in Ireland. On a basic level Swift indicts the English Protestants for their cruel and inhumane treatment of the papists, or poor Catholics, through both political and economic oppression. This is seen most clearly when his projector muses that England would be more than willing to eat the Irish even without such a proposal, saying, “…I could name a country which would be glad to eat up our whole nation without it.”

Yet perhaps even more criticism is heaped on the Irish for not recognizing the horror of their own situation, and not taking constructive steps to remedy the problem. The very fact that such an immodest proposal can be given and received with such seriousness proves that all peoples involved have lost even the thinnest shred of human decency and respect.

On a larger lever, Swift successfully indicts the brutality of man as a whole. A Modest Proposal goes well beyond the limits of Europe, shedding a sickening light on all humanity and the way in which we treat each other.

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