“A Modest Proposal” & Angela's Ashes Compared In the memoir of Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt in chapter VII he reads to a nearly blind man named Mr. Timoney, Jonathan Swift’s masterpiece “A Modest Proposal.” It is ironic due to the fact that the memoir as a whole can relate to the the passage of “A Modest Proposal.” Both of these works can compare and in the aspects of Irish poverty, yet they contrast very much due to the fact that one of the authors actually lived through it and the other just discusses things about it. Both authors use narration, tones, and imagery in their writing to convey their ideas and shape their work. Angela’s Ashes and “A Modest Proposal” are both written in the first person point of view which highly affect …show more content…
McCourt uses his diction of what he went through which gives everyone a picture of his reality and his childhood. For example “I pull the bag and its Malachys job to pick up the lumps that fall through the hole and put them back again. Then it starts to rain and we can't stand in a doorway till it passses we have that coal and its leaving a black trail along the pavement and Malachy is turning black from picking up the lumps, pushing them into the bag and wiping the rain from his face with his wet black hands.I tell hes black he tells me i'm black, and a woman in a shop tells us to get away from that door...”(McCourt 100, 13-20). As you can see here McCourts choice of diction also help give that image of irish poverty. As young kids him and his brother had to go through, it is not something people would normally see children doing. The lack of money and materials. It gives off that poor, disgusting image of how the family has to live. Likewise in a modest proposal, although it is not the same having to have lived through it than him just talking about it.This quote was mentioned before but is a great example to show the imagery he used. “It is a melancholy object to those who walk through this great town, or travel in the country, when they see the streets, the roads and cabbin-doors crowded with beggars of the female sex followed by three, four, six …show more content…
Angela’s Ashes is written in the time of the great depression then later what became World War II from the years 1929 to 1945. A modest proposal is written around the times when there were numerous counts of potato famines in the year of 1729. In both cases these were times of poverty. In the beginning of Angela's Ashes McCourts says, “She arrived in New York just in time for the first thanksgiving day of the great depression.” It is clearly said there, they are in the great depression, this has to do with a lot of the problems they go through. That is the main reason why the McCourt family has to live through all of that. As to “A Modest Proposal,” which McCourt himself read as a child, which is Ironic because Swift talks about kids like McCourt and his brothers. The times set all have to do with the Irish poverty, there was obviously greater problems going on around them that created the poverty they lived
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McCourt highlights the prejudices Malachy faces when he searches for a job. After acquiring work he is buoyant by all the newfound money he is gaining he decides to treat himself to a pint. By the end of the night, Malachy wastes all of his family's money and is fired from his job the next day because he shows up late to work drunk. These events continue, causing a financially and emotionally harmful cycle. Pathos is used when Frank expresses, “He turns toward Mam and she says, You’re not sleeping in this bed tonight.
The difficult circumstances in Ireland during the great depression and WW2 not only affected the lives of adults but also shaped the lives of children. Frank McCourt displays this in his memoir, Angela’s Ashes, where young Frank experiences hardships such as not possessing a stable father figure and living in poverty which cause Frank to grow up ahead of time. Through his memoir Frank McCourt proves that when children are brought up in tough circumstances, they are forced into positions of responsibility at an early age. Alcoholism and pride prevents Frank's father to provide essential necessities for his family and be a proper father figure to his children. This drives Frank to act as the man of the house on several occasions.
The essay” A Modest Proposal” by Jonathan Swift was a controversial one during its time. The essay was written in response to the great possible the Irish kingdom had which was poverty. He wrote the essay to address it in his own way. This angered and disgusted the upper class who were being targeted. Swift makes an insightful argument with an abundance of satire, uses a parallel structure and a problem solution model to subtly put his point across Swift uses sarcasm as his main medium to communicate his idea while also utilizing other aspects of satire.
This time period is usually associated with dreadful working conditions for the working class and unimaginable unemployment rates. The light that Griffin shines on the subject contradicts what many believe to be a terrible period for all those involved. We see a glimpse of this
Many families suffered from economic hardships as well as emotional distress. Therefore the Braddock family overcame there challenges which are not having much to eat, not having money, and not having a place to live. To start with, one of the problems the Braddock family had was not having enough food to feed the whole family. For example, in
In “A Modest Proposal” by Jonathan Swift, there are many disturbing remarks that make the readers uncomfortable. The purpose of his essay was to try to make the Irish people open their eyes so that they would take better care of themselves. At this period, the Irish politicians were corrupt and the people were not willing to fight to regain their country from the recent occupation of Ireland by England. He used the idea of eating the yearling children of poor families in order to accentuate the idea that the only people the wealthy men of Ireland cared about was themselves, and not the lives of the Irish citizens. The author uses logos to his advantage in order to show the overall amount of people that are in poverty and how they would be able
It is evident that both stories share the theme of living in poverty and it is presented in the events, setting, and characters.. One way, the authors incorporate the theme of struggling to live in poverty is through events. In Angela’s Ashes, the narrator feels
Some people embrace being poor and due what they can to make as much money as possible. The Stanley family was what Herbert Gans thought poor people were for; to do the dirty jobs for low wages. Then the Neumann family is more like what C. Wright Mills thought poor people were. They allowed society and their personal struggles make up their final destination which was failure.
One 's perspective on an event can completely alter their way of life, and their levels of happiness. This in turn, will have a domino effect on their children, causing them to adapt the same way of looking at life. The power that lies within parents hands to shape their children is very important. In “Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls and “Angela 's Ashes” by Frank McCourt, it is evident that the parents way of seeing the reality that is their poverty directly affects their children. In the memoirs, Jeanette and Frankie are both able to conquer previous struggles, but Jeanette is able to do so in a more happy manner since her parents are unable to face the reality of their poverty and therefore transform her life into one long adventure, ingrained
Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” is a very interesting take on how the Irish government should cure the famine that the country was then facing. However, the entire proposal was completely bizarre, and the whole point of the essay was to bring attention to the idea that they needed a solution to the all the problems they were experiencing but the proposal was definitely not it. He even had a strongly developed plan as to how his proposal would work which makes the reader feel as if he is serious about selling children, eating them, and/or using their skins as a fashion accessory; however, ultimately this proposal is not his true goal. Jonathon Swift skillfully used different styles of writing, such as imagery and irony, to show why the Irish should sell their children to the rich to eat.
In the article “How I Discovered the Truth about Poverty” Barbara Ehrenreich gives her view in poverty and explains why she think Michael Harington’s book “The Other American” gives a wrong view on poverty. She explained that Harrington believes that the poor thought and felt differently and what divides the poor was their different “culture of poverty.” Ehrenreich goes on to explain on how the book that became a best seller caused so many bad stereotypes on the poor that by the Reagan era poverty was seen as “bad attitudes” and “faulty lifestyles” and not by the lack of jobs or low paying jobs. And they also viewed the poor as “Dissolute, promiscuous, prone to addiction and crime, unable to “defer gratification,” or possibly even set an alarm clock.”
He also includes imagery in A Modest Proposal. Swifts exaggerated imagery leaves a strong impact on the reader. In using descriptions like, “...carcass of a good fat child...” (93), he engraves a horrifying image on a baby on a platter in the minds of the reader. The strong uses of imagery throughout the essay bring his point across. A third rhetorical device that this essay is thick with is irony.
Another use of imagery was the whip itself. This whip could have represented society and how it reacts to people like Jay and his sister. It stated that “A whip wasn’t something you rode, it was something to hurt you, something that came down hard on prisoner’s backs and left them scarred” (Hemley, Whipped 114). The imagery in this quote is spectacular. It showed how Jay thought, and made me picture a helpless man being beaten.