Persuasion of the Modest Proposal

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The Persuasive points of The Modest Proposal by Jonathon Swift , The persuasive use of Ethos, Pathos, and Logos can persuade a nation full of citizens to kill one another, if used correctly. In The Modest Proposal by Jonathon Swift, he announces an idea that would help alleviate his country from the burden of overpopulation, hunger, and sadness; but most would agree, his suggestion wasn’t so modest. Swift proposed to use the unwanted children, year of age and older, for repast and commonly used goods like boots and gloves. He backs his reasoning by citing other civilizations that practice cannibalism: promoting family values: and building the failing economy that his country was in. To be successful at persuasion, there must be facts to back your statement. Swift uses Ethos to give such examples. The idea of eating humans wasn’t new concept when Swift presented his proposal. Cannibalism has been around since the beginning of civilization, in fact tribes in Papa New Guine believe that you are what you eat, and eating a man is what made you a man. To rationalize Swifts reasoning he discusses with an old friend about costumes of Island Formosa. Psalmanazar said that “when any young person happened to be put to death, the executioner sold the carcass to persons of quality as a prime dainty; the body of a girl of fifteen was crucified for an attempt to poison the emperor, was sold to his Imperial Majesty’s prime minister… in joints from the gibbet at four hundred crowns” (Swift 67). Having historical facts wasn’t the only thing Swift needed to convince a society, he needed to touch a topic closer to home. Swift also uses Pathos to draw in his readers. As to be expected, life in famine would bring much hardship to the family front. The struggle to find work alone was hard, but trying to support a family with a baby on the way was impossible. One can even say

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