“A Modest Proposal” Jonathan Swift. 17 th century: Oliver Cromwell , English Prime Minister, set out to convert Catholics to Protestantism. Rampage across land –burning and massacring – left destruction and poverty. Penal Laws enforced:. Catholics are not permitted to… own land vote
Rampage across land –burning and massacring –left destruction and poverty.
Irish Catholics reduced to impotent servants
English landlords owned much of Ireland’s property.
They charged outrageous rent
England imposed high taxes on Ireland
English had negative attitude toward Roman Catholics
Record answer to the following in your Log:
2. What is the proposed Solution?
3. What is your reaction?
Explain the relationship between the title and the content of this essay.
*a literary device used to ridicule or make fun of human vice or weakness, often with the intent of correcting, or changing, the subject of the satiric attack
Irony permeates satire:
Swift’s proposal to end poverty in Ireland, though satiric, employs strong persuasive elements:
Ethos~ appeal based on the character of the speaker. An ethos-driven document relies on the reputation of the author
Logos~ appeal based on logic or reason
Pathos~ appeal to emotions