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A Treatise on Good Manners and Good Breeding

Hard Essay Author: Jonathan Swift
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Aanika Rahman

on 24 March 2011

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Transcript of A Treatise on Good Manners and Good Breeding

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Swift uses many metaphors and adjectives to describe his point of view and get to the reader. Each paragraph consists of adjectives such as "conversing chiefly", "wholly illiterate" and comparisons and contrasts between good breeding and good manners. The author uses a lot of imagery in paragraph 11 when he mentions the china breaking and violence at the dinner table with the involvment of food. "At last their two plates happened to encounter, and with so much violence, that, being china, they broke in twenty pieces, and stained half the company with wet sweetmeats and cream." You can just picture this entire scene in your head and I feel that this is the goal that Swift wanted to achieve from his audience. The diction that the Swift uses in his essay includes old English. He wrote in such a way that included many vocabulary words that maybe were used religiously back in his time period. It his hard to relate to the population of this generation and we have to dig deeper to get a meaning. Detail, quite frankly, is used throughout the entire essay. Swift uses so much detail to describe each and every subject that he brings up in this piece of writing. In paragraph 17, he describes the styled of ill manners and did an excellent job in putting detail into the fact that. "...so that a man who travels, must needs be at first a stranger to them in every court through which he passes; and perhaps at his return, as much a stranger in his own;" Syntax in this essay includes the sentences being extremely long and have series of commas throughout the entire passage. The arrangment of his words are a comparison to every subject he brings up in his essay. The tone of the passage is very formal and sort of informational on the topic of good manners and good breeding. Swift is basically saying that there is a "pedantry in manners." Meaning that we are "overrating any kind of knowledge we pretend to." Pathos Swift's essay appeals to pathos by appealing to the audience's emotions. He compares and contrasts the nature of good and ill manners and breeding when people can relate to either or. Reading this can make one feel emotional knowing how big of an effect it is to themselves, and it might drive them to change their manners and behavior for the better. Ethos Swift relates to ethos by expressing himself through his writing. In the times before, they used precise old English with strong vocabulary. Logos Swift makes an appeal to logos by giving
reasoning to good manners and good
breeding. His logic behind his essay was giving the
comparison of manners and behaviors and how
onecan make themselves or break themselves from it. (Paragraph nine; "As the common forms of good manners were intended for regulating the conduct of those who have weak understandings; so they have been corrupted by the persons for whose use they were contrived.)
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