A Modest Proposal examinesthe attitude of the rich towards the poor children in their society. There aremany rhetorical devices effectively affectively used to highlights JonathanSwift proposal. He uses metaphors, repetition, logical fallacies and humor, parallelism,sarcasm and satire tone to highlight the negative attitudes. He starts his proposal by blamingand mocking the children’s mothers by informing them that instead of beggingfor alms (aka money) they should just get engaged or find a job to earn a farerage for a hones living. Jonathan Swift goeson by predicts the future of the children saying that as they grow up they willbecome thieves. The reason for this is because he says the parents failed toraise their children the modest way.
In “AModest Proposal” logical fallacies are clearly used to make his argument clear.However, Swift’s argument and his way of thinking lack validity in his own proposal.You can see this in this on line 33 to 34 ‘that a young healthy Child wellNursed is at a year Old, a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome Food,whether Stewed, Roasted, Baked, or Boyled, and I make no doubt that it willequally serve in a Fricasie’. What he is saying is that a child makes for agood meal even though he was arguing that the mothers should raise their childrena better way. Though he goes off topic a bit in those lines his rhetorical devicescan still be seen.