Essay on Rhetorical Analysis Of Swift 's ' A Modest Proposal '

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After promoting the benefits of his method, Swift then gives his true suggestions as to what society can do in order to improve conditions of the poor. He starts, “Therefore let no man talk to me of other expedients” (39), and lists things that his persona in the essay considers to be nonsensical, but are ways for the rich to actually help the poor. These suggestions include “Of taxing our absentees at five shillings a pound… Of curing the expensiveness of pride vanity, idleness, and gaming in our women… Of teaching landlords to have at least one degree of mercy towards their tenants” (39-40). He also satirizes the useless solutions that have been proposed before, “having been wearied out for many years with offering vain, idle, visionary thoughts” (40). Swift emphasizes the need for action instead of meaningless proposals that are not implemented. When I first read “A Modest Proposal,” at first I thought Swift was going to describe a plausible method to the poverty in Ireland. When eating children was first mentioned, I was shocked because his proposal is obviously not “modest” and is not at all a reasonable solution for poverty. The quote, “Therefore I repeat, let no man talk to me of these and the like expedients, ‘till he hath at least some glympse of hope, that there will ever be some hearty and sincere attempt to put them into practice” (40) made me feel discouraged because people propose so many solutions, yet very few of them are actually plausible, and even fewer…

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