A Modest Proposal Vs. Lifeboat Ethics Essay

771 Words Apr 26th, 2016 4 Pages
“A Modest Proposal” V. “Lifeboat Ethics” Distributing limited resources among our rapidly growing economy has always been a cause for concern. There are new lives being brought into this world everyday even though our resources are dwindling down as we speak. In “A Modest Proposal” by Jonathan Swift and “Lifeboat Ethics” by Garrett Hardin, each author uses a different method of appeals to propose to their readers a way to help our ever growing population. Hardin uses more of a logic based argument, using facts and figures to back up his statements. Swift takes a wildly different approach by using a satirical “speaker” to bring a more emotional appeal to his readers. He first recommends a very vulgar approach to grab his reader’s attention and then proposes his actual solution. Although both essays are effective in different ways, I believe that Swift’s emotional approach makes for a more effective argument. A key aspect to consider when reading any essay is the author’s credentials and validity. Hardin has a degree in population control, making him an expert in that area. He also uses several credible sources when citing his facts and figures throughout the essay. Swift on the other hand isn’t an expert and neither is his speaker. However, what Swift lacks in education he makes up for in experience. He has lived on both sides of the spectrum firsthand. He knows what it’s like to be both dirt poor and wealthy upper middle class, and that gives him experience that Hardin…

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