A Modest Proposal by Jonathon Swift: Starving Mothers and Children

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A Modest Proposal by Jonathon Swift
Starving Mothers and Children

Audience Analysis
My target audience is fellow college students needing a summary of Jonathon Swift’s piece A Modest Proposal. My audience is college students that range from all ages. My audience has read the piece. If my audience read the essay and took it literal there will be moral issues, ethical issues, and political issues come up. I was in shock when I first read the essay but after looking into it I understand it more. That is what I hope to accomplish with my essay. My audience should trust what I have said since I am a college student like them. My role as the writer is to summarize his essay and dig deeper into the meaning of Swift’s words and the essay as a whole. I want to accomplish this for when the audience reads A Modest Proposal again they can see it from Jonathon Swift’s point of view.

Crystal Jacobs
Donna Clifton
English Composition ENGL111
1/26/2013 First Draft
A Modest Proposal by Jonathon Swift
Starving Mothers and Children
“A Modest Proposal” by Jonathon Swift is a satirical essay. A satire is literary term meaning irony. The point of his essay was to show the lords of the land that something needs to be done about the economy. The author almost makes it seem like the economy is so terrible that drastic measures must be taken.  Swift’s proposal is extreme and unethical, but is no meant to be taken literally. His proposal of having babies to feed to the public and stimulate the economy, is his proposal to the public, but is not the heart of the essay.  His satire starts with him expressing what is to be seen walking down the streets. It is a melancholy object to walk through this great town, or travel in the country, when they see the streets, the roads, and cabin doors crowded with beggars of the female sex, followed by three, four, or six children, all in rags and all importuning every passenger for an alms. (1) The author helps you envision the...
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