A Simple Idea: Thesis, Purpose, Audience, and Essay To keep poor people's children from becoming a burden to their parents or the country, and to make them useful to the public, impoverished parents should raise as many children as possible and sell them for food. The proposal then suggests that this be done by making it legal to buy infant meat from children under one year of age.
This essay will discuss the thesis statement of A Modest Proposal, which is "To keep poor people's children from becoming a burden to their parents or the country, and to make them useful to the public, impoverished parents should raise as many children as possible and sell them for food."
The goal of this essay is to prove that A Modest Proposal was written by Jonathan Swift with this idea in mind: To show his society that selling children into slavery was wrong by suggesting that it was the only way to avoid poverty.
Swift uses irony to present this idea in a satirical manner while still keeping most of its implications serious. He starts off by saying that he wrote this poem because there were too many poor children in England at the time and they were being fed by their families instead of being taught to work like other children. This shows that he believes that if these children had been sold into slavery instead of eaten then their owners would have used better ways to use their labor instead of just eating it themselves.
"A Modest Proposal" is a humorous response to the unfair treatment of English and Irish neighbors. As a result, he advises that the Irish sell their newborns as food as a solution to spousal abuse, poverty, overcrowding, begging, and robbery.
The essay was written by American author Jonathan Swift. He published it on October 10, 1729 in Dublin's weekly newspaper, the Weekly Journal. The article attracted attention from many leaders in politics, society, and religion at the time because of its boldness and its suggestion of ways to improve Ireland. It has been interpreted as social commentary, satire, political diatribe, and humanitarian plea.
Swift began the article by writing, "It may be thought strange that I should propose to give my readers an account of the selling of children." Then he goes on to explain that he is doing this because there are people who want to buy them. This idea makes up half of the title. "A Modest Proposal" means "a proposal made in a modest way."
Swift then explains that poor families in Ireland were suffering from starvation because they had no money for food. So he proposes that they sell their children instead. He says this would help them outlive their debt and make room for another child.
Swift constructs a character that appears worried and sympathetic to the poor while agreeing with and associating with Ireland's ruling class. When the speaker exposes his "simple plan" to eat children in order to efficiently address poverty and overpopulation, the reader's trust in him swiftly dwindles. Swift uses hyperbole to make his point without being offensive or trivializing the issue at hand.
Modest means "referring to something small or limited; not excessive;" and proposal means "a suggestion made by someone who is not sure if it will be accepted; an idea." In this case, the "modest proposal" is for the government to feed its poor people because starving them only makes things worse. This idea is small but significant since it comes from a powerful man who can influence change.
Rhetorical analysis is used to identify ideas within texts that prompt specific responses from readers. For example, when politicians speak of creating new jobs, they are using a term that has a specific meaning for many people: it refers to looking for work. The phrase is thus rhetorical because it is designed to get others to do what you want. In this case, the speaker wants to convince Parliament and the king to support his plan by making them believe it would help create new jobs.
Hyperbole is a figure of speech used by writers to make their points more effectively by increasing their intensity or extending their reach through exaggeration.