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A MODEST PROPOSAL
Transcript of A MODEST PROPOSAL
-Subject= poor families
-occasion= 1729 in Ireland
-audience= English and Irish readers
-purpose=to mock the English treatment of Irish people
-speaker= Jonathan Swift TONE
Mocking EXPLICIT AND IMPLICIT
-Ireland was filled with poor families
-mocking their terrible treatment by suggesting we might as well sell those pesky children as livestock AUTHOR'S STYLE
He is very disgusted by the poor treatment of the Irish people and uses satire to show the absurdity of these cruel actions.
per annum= annual income
shows the place in which the essay was written "Men would become as fond of their wives during pregnancy as they are now the mares in a foal, their cows in a calf, or sows when they are ready to farrow; nor offer to beat or kick them for fear of miscarriage."
pg. 676 AUTHOR'S SATIRE
"Always advising the mothers to let them (the children to suck plentifully as to render them plump and fat for a good table" pg.673 Talks about the children like livestock by using words like= fatten, plump, good, carcass JUUXTOPOSITION= goes from something everyone can agree with to something completely "off the wall" (cannibalism)
PARADOX= seems modest but in actuality he is referring to cannibalism
DOUBLESPEAK= makes his "point" sound economically and morally right by use of words and reasons why it would be good for us. !RHETORIC IN THE TEXT! brother? get your nice, plump children only 10 shillings. questions:
1) what is the main purpose of this essay?
2) what group of people is he talking about in this essay?
3) was this essay meant to be portrayed literally?