A Modest Proposal examines
the attitude of the rich towards the poor children in their society. There are
many rhetorical devices effectively affectively used to highlights Jonathan
Swift proposal. He uses metaphors, repetition, logical fallacies and humor, parallelism,
sarcasm and satire tone to highlight the negative attitudes. He starts his proposal by blaming
and mocking the children’s mothers by informing them that instead of begging
for alms (aka money) they should just get engaged or find a job to earn a fare
rage for a hones living. Jonathan Swift goes
on by predicts the future of the children saying that as they grow up they will
become thieves. The reason for this is because he says the parents failed to
raise their children the modest way.
Modest Proposal” logical fallacies are clearly used to make his argument clear.
However, Swift’s argument and his way of thinking lack validity in his own proposal.
You can see this in this on line 33 to 34 ‘that a young healthy Child well
Nursed is at a year Old, a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome Food,
whether Stewed, Roasted, Baked, or Boyled, and I make no doubt that it will
equally serve in a Fricasie’. What he is saying is that a child makes for a
good meal even though he was arguing that the mothers should raise their children
a better way. Though he goes off topic a bit in those lines his rhetorical devices
can still be seen.