A modest proposal

A modest proposal - fathers may stop leaving the family...

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Understanding “A Modest Proposal” by Jonathon Swift
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Jonathan Swift 1667-1745 Best known for  Gulliver’s Travels Anglican priest, political insider and activist Born in Ireland, but from the landed ruling  Anglo class; traveled and lived between  England and Ireland Though an Anglo, became increasingly  sympathetic to the Irish struggle
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Irony  Attempt to expose the beliefs of English  toward Irish enable the English to treat Irish so  cruelly Not a great exaggeration of the Anglo view of  Irish as animals Some did not understand its irony, though  some blatant clues within
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The Proposal Two primary problems: too many Irish people  and not enough food to feed them Solution that solves both problems: pay the  Irish for their babies, which will provide them  income.  The babies can be eaten by the  English. Other benefits: Irish thievery will decrease; 
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Unformatted text preview: fathers may stop leaving the family Ethos • The real Swift had a unique opportunity to be part of this group, yet an outsider • Invents a persona of a cold, uncaring man of the ruling class (just like his audience) Logos • Extensive calculations for how the plan makes economic sense, and the timeframes for stages of the plan Pathos • Begins with a more rational and dispassionate tone that matter-of-factly disparages Irish; by the end, he sounds angrier – about how there are no alternatives to this plan • English did not consider plans that required treating Irish fairly Structure 1. Establishes the need for change (¶1-9) 2. Identifies the proposed idea (¶ 10) 3. Details of the proposal (¶ 11-16) 4. Refutes the objections (¶17-19) 5. Explains advantages of the proposal (¶29-end)...
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This note was uploaded on 07/14/2010 for the course ENGL 015 taught by Professor Travers during the Spring '10 term at Peru State.

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