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Without a doubt, the speaker could create a plan to make these children beneficial to the society. Swift uses the speaker to propose eating babies as a solution to the problems of Ireland. Swift uses satire to appeal to the emotions of the Irish people in order to encourage them to help the country.
The purpose of this essay is to do a rhetorical analysis of Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal. The reason for doing this rhetorical analysis is to demonstrate how Swift uses satire to draw audience attention to the problem, which is the dire situation Ireland was facing at the time. A satire uses mockery, exaggeration, and irony to reveal and condemn the immorality, corruption, or foolishness of a society within the setting or framework of contemporary politics. The speaker proposes cannibalism of Irish infants as a sensible, rational, and in fact responsible solution to the problems of Ireland. This satire does not aim to inflict damage or harm, but rather it tries to produce a shocking effect to make the causes of major Irish problems revolting so that these causes will be purged or removed from the people and society. It is this shocking effect that makes Swift’s political document controversial and highly effective.
Swift’s satire uses three elements—ethos, logos, and pathos. In terms of ethos, or author’s credibility, Swift was known for being a remarkable political essayist and critic. He is also known for being religious, which gives A Modest Proposal a sharp appeal. It is somewhat difficult to reconcile the fact that the ‘religious’ Swift has created a speaker that advocates cannibalism as a solution to Ireland’s major problems. This makes the satire more shocking and, thus, effective. What fascinates audiences from the time of Swift to the present day is the outrageous proposal of the anonymous speaker who combines, in one persona, an indifferent rationality and a methodically coldhearted reaction to the
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This proposal is actually plausible, however, it is quite a bit outlandish. The essay can be disturbing and offensive to some readers as it may become graphic. However, Swift writes with an air of authority, as he triggers an emotional aspect of the readers when he mentions the “melancholly” [sic] sight of women and children being beggars in Ireland.
After the surprise, the reader becomes aware of the irony in the writing.
“A Modest Proposal” is Jonathan Swift’s scathing satire, indicting the ruthless indifference of the ruling Protestant aristocracy to the sufferings of Ireland’s poor
2). Swift goes on to suggest means to stop the abortion and murder of infants, and ensure that poor Irish children will not be a drain on the resources of their parents and the parish, but contribute to the economy.
Swift quotes statistical data to compute the
Hence, this prompted him to conceive an appropriate idea meant to solve his state’s predicaments. The method entailed turning to the trade of human infants as a source of meat with the intention of improving the economy as well as reducing overpopulation.
Swift was a satirist and when a great drought high the English countryside and a great famine followed, there was great suffering by Irish peasant farmers. Regardless of the natural disaster, the English landlords still insisted on the Irish
Actually, the point in the reading when one realized that the ending would be different from what the beginning of the reading suggested that it would be was identified specifically in the ninth paragraph, Swift already insinuated that a healthy child could be turned into
In this proposal to a solution, Swift uses an example of the high number of street children in Irish streets. From this example, he highlights the areas the government has failed on its duty to eradicate poverty.
Swift asserts that