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Journal 1 - Swift looks at the destitute as the rich did in...

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Sept. 16th/10 Journal Entry 1 William Byun Beyond the Content Huh? Yes, A Modest Proposal was all about a “huh” for me. After five paragraphs, I hesitated for a while to go back to the very first line of the essay and come back. I thought I miscomprehended what I had read. But, I had actually thoroughly understood. In the essay, Swift insists that the penniless serve their children for dinner. His opinion is absurd. What is more ridiculous than his idea was his attitude. He is so serious that he supported every detail of his philosophy. Also, he was meticulous with all the calculations—saying, for example, one boy can save four girls in household. I was convinced, then. I assumed: “Oh, people in the old days lived this hard to deem this way.” However, in the last lines I realized that all he has said is merely about teasing the arrogant rich people. I had no clue the essay was a form of satire until I got to the end. The essay, in the end, was a “huh” in the first lines, and a “huh” in the last.
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Unformatted text preview: Swift looks at the destitute as the rich did in the past. Through Swift’s way of portraying the lives of the penniless, I saw how the rich would treat those who cleaned their mansions. And, Swift is harsh on the words, so the rich feel embarrassed or ashamed. Swift’s intentions are to be ironically humorous, so that the rich, and government, if we go further, change their attitude towards the penniless. Swift wants the government to give solutions to help the moneyless. Swift flawlessly wrote a satire—that is, a prototype. As a whole, this essay was often confusing. I eventually read several paragraphs over and over again. But, once I got the author’s purpose, the essay has become meaningful. It was not weird at all, in the end. Now, I am pleased that I have been associated with a new form of idea and a novel type of writing....
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This note was uploaded on 01/09/2011 for the course CAS WR 98 taught by Professor Finlayson during the Fall '10 term at BU.

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