Essay on A Not So Modest Proposal

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In the 1720’s Ireland and its people suffered through decimal harvests and famine spread quickly spread throughout the land. In “A Modest Proposal”, by Jonathan Swift, the main objective was to draw attention to the plight of the Irish people and motivate readers to find a workable solution. Jonathan Swift’s not so modest proposal was to eat children at the age of one, and although it was an extreme of what should be done, it was a way to gain alert readers of the rising problems in Ireland. He accomplished this task not by criticizing the English, but instead by making a humorous and inspirational proposal; using a persuasive writing technique called satire. Swift was able to strongly influence readers by using various logical, emotional,…show more content…
Another example of Swift using statistics is “I do therefore humbly offer it to public consideration, that of the hundred and twenty thousand children, already computed, twenty thousand may be reserved for breed…” Once again calculations come into play and in a way it shows that this proposal has thoroughly been planned out. If logic and reason do not appeal to the senses, maybe emotions will. Swift’s use of emotion is meant to convince the pure of heart. In one such example “…too frequently among us, sacrificing the poor innocent babes, I doubt, more to avoid the expense than the shame, which would move tears and pity in the most savage inhumane beast.” Although it may not seem like it appeals to emotions it conveys such meaning by showing that if this life where allowed to live for a year it would help so many others survive by providing food. A stronger example of emotion can be found in this exert “These mothers, instead of being able to work for their livelihood, are forced to employ their time into strolling…” This exert emotion is based on the poor mother, who wastes her time raising children, and concentrates on her children’s survival instead of her own. The emotional appeal that Swift uses is intended to stir up strong feelings towards his point of view. The last technique that swift used to persuade his audience was based
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