A Modest Proposal Figurative Language Analysis

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The Deceptively Simple Satire of Swift and Waterson
A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift relies on a rhetoric that draws in the reader, then uses figurative language to form an ironic tone that reflect Swift's true sentiments and grievances. Swift displays his talent for capturing an audience with plain language and a seemingly simple meaning that serve as a "trap" for an underlying message that requires further critical thinking from the reader about not just the text, but also the conditions of a situation in the world. This model is one of the most basic, yet powerful, methods of forming satire, and can be found in countless other media. A prime example of satire that uses this format are comic strips from Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Waterson.

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