Rhetorical Analysis Of Jonathan Swift's A Modest Proposal

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In 1792, Jonathan Swift offered a way to improve society through his piece “A Modest Proposal.” He basically stated that people who beg for money are just a burden to themselves and society as a whole and offered a way to help reduce their weigh on the population in Dublin, Ireland. He used rhetorical devices to help get people to consider his proposal such as irony, ethos, and logos. To start off, Swift used irony to get his point across by keeping the readers entertained and really making them think to what extent what they just read is correct. In line 56, he states “I shall now therefore humbly propose my own thoughts, which I hope will not be liable to the least objection.” This can be seen as irony because in reality everybody disagreed with the idea of eating human babies. Swift then proceeds to write “Infant's flesh will be in season throughout the year, but more plentiful in March, and a little before and after…” This is another example of irony because there is no way to tell when exactly women will give birth the most. …show more content…

He established credibility by telling the readers that he’s been up to date with the upcoming changes in Ireland for the past couple of years in the following sentence. “As to my own part, having turned my thoughts for many years, upon this 20 important subject, and maturely weighed the several schemes of our projectors, I have always found them grossly mistaken in their computation.” In the same manner, he refers to other people’s agreement on his point of view on the situation by mentioning their thoughts. For example, in line 51 he says “I am assured by our merchants…” Following shortly in line 58, he repeats this example by stating “I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London…” All in all, he does a great job at building credibility and attempting to persuade the audience to fall under his

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