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A Modest Proposal: The Interpretive Response       Jonathan Swift was an English was an English satirist. Satirist are those who write using satire. Satire has been proven to be extremely effective in all kinds of writing. With that in mind, Jonathan Swift wrote “A Modest Proposal”. However, readers questioned if what Swift wrote was clear, worthwhile, and showed a balance of logos and pathos.       In “A Modest Proposal” Swift writes, ” I do, therefore, humbly offer it to the public consideration” (page 552). The reader can conclude from this that Swift was caring and showed sincerity towards men, women and children. The reader can also conclude that Swift’s message was worthwhile and was not biased in any way, shape or form. Swift also writes, “There is likewise another great advantage in my scheme, that it will prevent those voluntary abortions” (page 551). The reader can conclude from this that Swift had a heart for children and hated to see them die. The reader can also conclude that Swift offered the proposal to ensure that children would be safe from any harm. A Modest Proposal definitely uses a balance of logos and pathos. Swift writes, ” I have reckoned upon a medium, that a child just born will weigh twelve pounds and, in a solar year, if tolerably nursed, increaseth to twenty-eight pounds” (page 552). The reader can conclude from this that Swift was being logical by stating facts about childbirth. The reader can also conclude from this that Swift was a little emotional about the baby weighing so little.      In conclusion, A Modest Proposal is definitely the work of a satirist. However, the satire included a balance of logos and pathos. Also, it was worthwhile and clear as to what was being said within the satire. The message was simply saying to provide a better life for children of all ages. For it is said that children are our future.

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