When it comes to appealing to logic, he provides the reader with a long list of arguments, containing statistics, numbers, and forecasts. He provides the reader with an approximate weight of a baby that can be a subject of his idea, he tells how many families might benefit from his idea on a daily basis, and how economically profitable his plan is. Speaking of his appeal to pathos, it is necessary to take into account that the idea he proposes does not presuppose that anyone might get attached to it by the means of emotions. However, Jonathan Swift managed to present the idea in a way so his claim starts to seem logic and emotional in a way that benefits his interest. In order to do so, he described how miserable and dramatic the lives of those poor babies are, and how nothing is going to become any better for them. He made the reader imagine poor hungry children laying in their mother’s hands without a hope for a future. It seems to me that overemotional people might buy it and support what Swift proposes. Becoming emotionally attached to the author of the proposal, some readers might unconsciously start to get attached to his ideas as well. I can definitely advise this reading for all those who want to learn the strategies and approaches of writing a persuasive speech. . Argument Analysis of a Modest Proposal.
ReferencesSwift, J. (1729). A modest proposal. Project Gutenberg Ebook. Retrieved from: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1080/1080-h/1080-h.htm
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