A Modest Proposal

A Modest Proposal
Starr Hunter

* Swift wrote "A Modest Proposal" under a pseudonym, so who is the speaker here?

The speaker may be hidden because of the harsh stance Swift takes here on the matter of solving the issue of overpopulation.

* Discuss the tone of the piece. Pull examples from the text to support your discussion.

The tone here can best be described as blunt, comical, conversational, and condescending.

* As you know, effective argumentation appeals to logic (logos), ethics (ethos) and emotions (pathos). Please discuss how Swift uses all three appeals and how these tools impact his purpose.

Although this piece of writing may be a bit far-fetched for the ...

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title, "A Modest Proposal."

To call this proposal of his "modest" is to call a fire cold. The irony would be the same as calling a boastful man modest. The proposal is henceforth, NOT modest as it most frankly implies the sadistic solutions.

* Where does this essay fit on the continuum (Horatian to Juvenalian)? Explain/support your position.

* Why is "A Modest Proposal" an effective satire? What techniques does Swift use effectively? Support your answers with examples from the text.

In a sense, this essay can be read as a comical one, and "A Modest Proposal" is in the clearest way ironic. He uses but the title itself to illustrate his seriousness in his writing.

* Swift enumerates six reasons his proposal will work. Discuss how these paragraphs impact his purpose.

* Towards the end of the essay, locate the paragraph that begins "I can think of no one objection that will possibly be raised..." How is this paragraph different from the rest of his essay?

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Added: 4/17/2013 01:03:46 PM
Submitted By: starrhunter
Category: English
Type: Free Paper
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