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An Analysis Of Jonathan Swift

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Rhetoric 1b 10/22/1999 An Analysis of Jonathan Swift and Martin Luther King Jr.?s Stylistic Devices In a satirical essay, Swift uses Rogerian strategy along with other rhetorical tactics such as specific diction, nuclear emphasis, and multiple double meanings to effectively surface the horrific treatment of the Irish by the English aristocracy. Rogerian strategy focuses on the ?open exchange of ideas directed toward mutual understanding? with emphasis on conceding certain points to gain an understanding of the opposition and in doing so gain ground rather than losing it through a hostile exchange of right and wrong (Cooper/Patton 70). Swift carefully organized his essay so the audience, the ...view middle of the document...

First he agrees with them on a small point so they are not hostile when later he states their past proposals have miscalculations. This bit of Rogerian serves the purpose of warming up the audience so they get used to agreeing with Swift and having an open mind to new suggestions much like an opening act does for the nights main act. Swift continues to warm up the audience by recognizing that these children are ?a charge upon their parents? but more importantly to the English ?a charge upon?the parish.? All the ?warming up? takes place within the first two pages, an essential part to the effectiveness of Swift?s strategy (Swift 298-90). As Swift offers his ?Modest Proposal? we see how ridiculous it is to even fathom eating children but even worse making money off of it. But we still cannot characterize the essay as satirical because he has made no reference to change or exaggeration, the essential ingredients in determining if an essay is satirical. Swifts continues to employ Rogerian tactics to give the appearance of still being on the side of the English aristocracy.Swift specifically points out the fact that ?the number of popish infants is at least three to one? and an advantage of his still serious proposal ?will be the lessening of Papist among us? (Swift 300). Swift reduces the population from general to a specific religious affiliation and the use of the pronoun ?us? still puts Swift on the English side. Now that Swift has established a mutual understanding he moves to make a suggestion. After stating his computation of nursing a beggar?s child and the amount a ?gentlemen? would pay for this child he states ?the squire will learn to be a good landlord, and grow popular among the tenants? (Swift 300). Swift subtly suggests up to this point the squires are not good landlords and not favored among tenants. According to the Rogerian strategy, if Swift were to come right out and say this without the use of concessions the English would have a more hostile attitude, but instead are more apt to consider his point. This marks Swift?s first attempt at bringing out a larger issue; the treatment of the tenants by the English aristocracy.Throughout the essay Swift chooses certain words in specific situations to magnify his underlying intentions. In the phrase we see at the beginning of the essay ?deplorable state of the kingdom? the decision to use deplorable is key to the essay. Deplorable means expressing disapproval of (Swift 298). Swift easily could have chosen a different word, but he specifically chose deplorable because it provides the phrase with double meaning. At the beginning, when Swift sides with the English and their views; the burden put on society by the disgusting number of beggars with children that creep around town bothering every person for alms. But as the essay unfolds we see the phrase really refers to Swift?s stance along side the Irish. Together they see the state as ?deplorable? because it is the English oppressing the...

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