Rhetorical Analysis Of ' A Modest Proposal '

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Rhetorical Analysis: A Modest Proposal In “A Modest Proposal,” Jonathan Swift provides a satirical exploration of the attitudes of the wealthy people towards the underprivileged and poor children in the society. Laymen and intellectuals during the late seventeenth century distributed political pamphlets containing different ideas throughout Ireland. In his essay, Swift utilizes some of the overlooked pamphlets during this period and develops an ironic proposal. As a colony of the British, Ireland had endured long years of prejudicial discrimination and tyrannical oppression since the twelfth century. In this regard, the British dominated the political life of the Irish people. Moreover, religious divisions within Ireland were becoming apparent. Roman Catholicism was the prominent religion in most of Ireland. With the onset of Protestantism, the number of Catholics dwindled significantly. Since the Protestants became the majority in the country, they were able to lock the Catholics out from holding any positions in parliament and government. Moreover, the parliament could not convene without a direct edict of the English King. For this reason, the people of Ireland depicted growing dissatisfaction in their political, religious, and economic lives. In particular, Swift uses his essay to illustrate how bad the socio-economic status of the Irish people was during the seventeenth century. In the essay, Swift creates a narrator who speaks from the first person point of view.
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