Why do you think Swift only gradually reveals the real nature of his proposal in the essay?

Why do you think Swift only gradually reveals the real nature of his proposal in the essay?

Why do you believe he slowly discloses the true nature of the "proposal"? He's trying to create "logic" while avoiding upsetting readers. In the second paragraph of the essay, Swift seeks to achieve what agreement "by all parties"? This would imply that there is some kind of consensus among the people involved in the debate over the acceptability of slavery. However, this is not necessarily the case. Some people may feel that slavery is acceptable if everyone agrees it is.

Swift also wants to keep his audience interested in the story. The more interesting he makes the tale become the faster he hopes they will finish reading the essay. He does this by adding details that further reveal the true nature of the proposal even as he tries to convince readers it isn't really a proposal at all but rather a joke.

Finally, Swift wants to appear wise beyond his years. Students who are older than him might expect an author with no political experience to know exactly what role slavery would play in society and how it could be abolished without causing more harm than good. By revealing that he is not much older than their children, he can make them believe he has found a better way to deal with the issue then simply banning it like most governments at the time did.

These are just some of the reasons why I believe Swift uses logic in "A Modest Proposal".

What agreement by all parties does Swift seek to establish at the beginning of the essay?

In the second paragraph of this essay, Swift seeks to create what agreement "by all parties"? The general consensus is that Ireland's children have become a burden, and a solution is required. There is no agreement between Ireland's parents and their government.

Swift uses the past tense in the last sentence of this paragraph. This means that there was no agreement by all parties then, but there is one now. Therefore, this essay implies that there is now an agreement in place that will solve the problem of Ireland's children.

Swift uses the word "that" here to indicate a change has taken place. He doesn't say "that an agreement had been reached". The use of simple present would imply that there is still no agreement but that one is expected to be reached eventually. He could also have used the word "which", which would also mean there is no single agreed solution but many alternatives being considered by both governments. However, the use of the past tense here implies that something already happened, and so using "which" or "that" would be incorrect.

Swift describes how England and Ireland were once one country before they divided in two. This division created two separate countries with different laws can lead to problems when trying to resolve issues such as those mentioned in the first paragraph.

Is Swift’s proposal well supported?

Swift's article is absolutely unethical and degrading, yet it is nonetheless a well-supported argument essay. Because of its precise identification of a problem and its causes, "A Modest Proposal" is written in the style of a serious problem-solution essay. Swift suggested that enthusiastic support for reason could be excessive. He argued that because women were treated badly when they were not given in marriage, it was reasonable to expect gratitude in return for being allowed to live independent of their husbands. This argument is extremely convincing because it relies on several common assumptions about human nature which most people would agree with.

Some have criticized Swift's essay as immoral because they believe that proposing to eat children is wrong. But this criticism fails to understand how effective rhetoric can be without being morally correct. The main goal of "A Modest Proposal" is not to provide a fair description of society's ills but to come up with a practical solution for them. And despite all its shocking details, the essay ends up being a call to action rather than a plea for silence. As long as there are poor people in the world who need help, there will be supporters ready to write articles like "A Modest Proposal".

In conclusion, "A Modest Proposal" is an example of a well-supported argument essay. It is persuasive because it makes several common assumptions about human nature which most people would agree with. Furthermore, it provides a practical solution for existing problems in society so it can be considered ethically acceptable.

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Jennifer Campanile

Jennifer Campanile is a freelance writer, editor, and teacher. She has been published in The New York Times, The Nation, and on NPR among other places. She teaches writing at the collegiate level and has been known to spend days in libraries searching for the perfect word.

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