Analysis of Johnathan Swift´s A Modest Proposal Essay

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A Modest Proposal was written in 1729 by a man of the name Johnathan Swift. This is a piece of early satire. He writes this to insult the early government system and mocks the heartless attitude that they have against the poor. He does this by writing a proposal that absolutely is outlandish and unthinkable, starting by addressing the current issue. “FOR PREVENTING THE CHILDREN OF POOR PEOPLE IN IRELAND FROM BEING A BURDEN TO THEIR PARENTS OR COUNTRY, AND FOR MAKING THEM BENEFICIAL TO THE PUBLIC” (Swift 1). Through-out the proposal you are taken aback by what exactly it is that this man was proposing. “A young healthy child will be nursed is at a year old most delicious, nourishing wholesome food” (Swift 3).and “May flay the carcass; the …show more content…
A Modest Proposal was written in 1729 by a man of the name Johnathan Swift. This is a piece of early satire. He writes this to insult the early government system and mocks the heartless attitude that they have against the poor. He does this by writing a proposal that absolutely is outlandish and unthinkable, starting by addressing the current issue. “FOR PREVENTING THE CHILDREN OF POOR PEOPLE IN IRELAND FROM BEING A BURDEN TO THEIR PARENTS OR COUNTRY, AND FOR MAKING THEM BENEFICIAL TO THE PUBLIC” (Swift 1). Through-out the proposal you are taken aback by what exactly it is that this man was proposing. “A young healthy child will be nursed is at a year old most delicious, nourishing wholesome food” (Swift 3).and “May flay the carcass; the skin of which artificially dressed will make admirable gloves for ladies, and summer boots for fine gentlemen” (Swift 4). This is not something commonly talked about in today society and I am sure it was not encouraged during that time frame. So to make this a convincing Swift uses some commonly used tactics to persuade these people. He uses things such as pathos, logos and ethos. In this piece he mainly uses an odd mix of pathos and logos. Swift uses his logos by showing facts and numbers. ‘Hundred and twenty thousand children already computed, twenty thousand may be reserved for breed, whereof only one-fourth part to be males;” (Swift 3). He uses logos to show sharp plains exact ways on how this issue could be resolved, in his writing
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