Rhetorical Analysis Of A Modest Proposal

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Jonathan Swift, one of the greatest writers in the world, used lots of satires in his article “A Modest Proposal” in order to criticize the disability of the ancient hierarchical society in the Ireland, the anti-human behaviors, the tyranny of the wealth English and the superior method of Irish Catholic. Although the tone and the words used in the article all show the ironies, the examples narrator used most strongly showed the irony.

The title of the article is “A Modest proposal” because the article was based on the famine in the 18th century when Irish were also suffered from the high taxes made by the landlords in the Ireland. So the condition of the country was really like a disaster where “they are every Day dying, and rotting” (Swift 3), “the streets, the Roads, and Cabin-Doors crowded with beggars of female” (Swift 1). The situation of the children in the country is poor, because the parents can’t take care of the prodigious number of children and children’s life in future, so the narrator want to give a “modest” suggestion to this
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Narrator’s proposal is to sell these babies to the wealthy Britain people for food! Furthermore, the narrator provided detailed reasons in the moral side to prove the benefits of eating children in an objective and persuasive way, “that it will prevent those voluntary abortions and that horrid practice of Women murdering their innocent babes” (Swift 2). This tone is really ironic because a people who have the idea to eat infants in order to decrease the burden of the society need to be
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