food glorious food- text 22 "A modest proposal"

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  • mocks rich people because of the way they eat, "two dishes at entertainment" and because of their attitudes towards the poor, "stealing until they arrive at six years old".
  • about the british and irish relationship, written in time of political unrest, "present distresses of the kingdom".


  • the whole piece sounds very serious at first, nut is actually very sarcastic.
  • uses knowledgeable language, aimed at the rich as they are educated, the poor wouldn't be able to understand. "I subtract", this also shows mathematical lexis, this is used a lot and makes the sentence hard to understand, which adds to the rediculousness of this text.
  • the lexis can be quite matter of fact, "i again subtract fifty thousand, for those women who miscarry"
  • blunt lexis, "stealing until they arrive at six years old" makes the poor seem that all they can do is steal, makes them seem worthless.
  • sematic field of food, "wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled"
  • metaphor that suggests exploitation, that…


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