Essay on A Modest Proposal By Johnathan Swift

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Is it worth eating children? Even if it that means it could save the country, especially in a time of oppression? According to A Modest Proposal, by Johnathan Swift, the narrator believes this to be true. Through fair-mindedness, credibility, and extended definition, the narrator successfully shows ethos, logos, and pathos throughout his writing in why he is reliable for giving his statement about what to do with children. The subject of this story is what to do with the amount of children and the burden they have on their parents. The speaker of this story is a narrator that Swift created. The reason Swift wrote this letter was because the English was oppressing Ireland, and he wrote this for the British Landlords who will take him seriously. Swift intentions of writing this letter was not because he truly believed that eating children was a good idea, but to state a solution to the problem of the burden of children through irony. The narrator successfully achieves fair-mindedness by considering a different perspective on his idea. His friend “was pleased in discoursing on this matter to off a refinement” (Swift Par 17) of his scheme. Swift is open minded to hearing the thoughts of “a very worthy person, a true lover of his country” (Swift Par 17) whose virtues he highly esteems. The refinement to his scheme was that “the want of venison might be well supplied by the bodies of young lads and maidens, not exceeding fourteen years of age nor under twelve.” (Swift Par 17)…

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