Rhetorical Analysis: A Modest Proposal

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The Irony of Modesty: An Analysis of a Satirical Speech “A Modest Proposal” written by Jonathan Swift in 1729 begins by deploring indigent Irish families who struggle tirelessly to make an honest living for their large families. This speech pivots on an satirical structure with its use of rhetoric that utilizes the form of ethos, an appeal to the reader's sense of ethics and moral values held throughout Irish society. Pathos, an appeal to invoke countless emotional responses from the readers, and logos, the appeal of logic-statistics that the above subject carries to persuade an audience by reason. By using doublespeak, Swift alludes to different types of rhetoric used throughout this speech such as ironic positive slanting, charged language and even satire to exaggerate and expose the stupidity people exemplify when offering solutions regarding the political issues Ireland was dealing…show more content…
This will bring much more success than any of the other proposed existing measures that have been published. A Modest Proposal excellently uses rhetorical strategies to model satire. In showcasing its use of irony, humor, and exaggeration, this speech also utilizes these ideas to criticize politicians when Swift denotes this speeches absurdity. Swift obviously does not sincerely want the people of Ireland to sell their children as food for profit. His satirical approach makes overtures to his exceedingly successful argumentative strategies. He creates this concept of a wild approach to deliver a message using charged language. With A Modest Proposal, Swift utilizes a form of positive slant with a twist of irony by offering countless examples to help combat the struggle Ireland was dealing with. He brought forth multiple components to a relational approach while focusing on the the theoretical and economic benefits of his
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