A Modest Proposal Rhetorical Analysis

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In A Modest Proposal, Swift shocks English society into an awareness of England’s unjust policies toward the Irish. He proposes that the Irish sell their children as food to reduce the overpopulation and poverty. He used political pamphleteering to present his plan to the public during the 18th century. Political pamphleteering was…a fashionable pastime in Swift’s day, which saw vast numbers of tracts and essays advancing political opinions and proposing solutions for Ireland’s economic and social problems. The main rhetorical devices are he used in his writing are logical, emotional, and ethical appeals which function to convince the reader that England’s treatment of the Irish is heartless and immoral. As Jonathan Swift states in his Modest

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