A Modest Proposal: Metaphor Analysis

Metaphor Analysis

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.

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