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Literary Analysis of Jonathon Swifts Modest Proposal Jonathon Swift writes an enthralling essay full of sarcasm and bitterness He rips apart the upper class and his concern for the common people of his nation spills forth from his written words He writes sarcastically of how Ireland could recover if they eat their very own children He uses some statistics to support his sarcastic ideas Such statistics as how it would cost at least 10s to actually support a child beyond the age of two compared to the 8s they would earn if they sale their children to the rich to be eaten He effectively uses the statistics to appeal to the readers reason But he doesnt stop there he then goes beyond this to appeal to the readers emotions His techniques for this are to overwhelm the readers sensibilities with his sickening approach His approach of course is the selling of one-year-old children to feed those of refined taste Now one may ask why would Mr Swift go through such great lengths to present this topic to the reader His reasons for this is to one show the desperation of the Irish and two to show his disgust for the English The main tones that the passage emanates are one of sarcasm anger disgust and bitterness The composition of his diction happens to be carefully chosen His carefully chosen words help to convey his tones and point of view His point of view of course is his bitterness towards the rich and anger at the plight of the common people of Ireland For instance this quote shows his bitterness towards the rich the remaining 100000 may at a year old be offered in sale to the persons of quality and fortune through the kingdom Swift 106 The persons of quality and fortune of course represent the rich and what better way to rip them apart than to suggest that they would eat babies as
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