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Essay on Rhetorical Analysis of a Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift

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Johnathan Swift wrote Modest Proposal with the idea to better humanity.. When you first read it you miss what the true message is. You think “Man this guy is a monster!” or “He’s sick!”, but once you reach the end the true meaning of the proposal hits you. When Jonathan Swift wrote a Modest Proposal he tried to get his audience to see the problem by taking it and providing an unethical and inhumane solution then using rhetorical devices to bring out people’s emotions. Of the many devices he used the one that brought out my emotions and that stuck out the most was his constant metaphor of comparing or “labeling” children as stock or the bodies as carcasses. He does this on multiple occasions throughout this proposal. On one occasion he…show more content…
He then goes on to say that his solution to this problem “…will prevent those voluntary abortions, and that horrid practice of women murdering their bastard children, alas! Too frequent among us! Sacrificing the poor innocent babe I double more to avoid the expense than the shame, which would move tears and pity in the most savage and inhumane breasts” (Swift 2). He uses these “inhumane” images to draw emotion.
He then uses logos. He shows that he has “…turned his thoughts for many years upon this important subject…” (Swift 2). The way that he writes is full of logos. He lists his arguments and is actually quite logical. He uses logics in his description of the proposal to show that there is a problem and he provides a logical way to fix it.
He uses ethos when he talks about the women murdering their children by saying how it is inhumane, and in most people’s books, unethical and inhumane are under the same category. He also establishes his credibility when he shows that he has thought about it and that he is knowledgeable on the crisis at hand in Ireland. When he states that the abortions and killing of bastard children would draw pity, he tries to show what unethical things are happening. By doing this he makes his point clearer that this is a satire because this “modest proposal” is more inhumane than an abortion.
This is a big time satire in the fact that he exaggerates
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