Essay on modest proposal by Jonathan Swift

timer Asked: Mar 28th, 2017

Question Description

Explain who constituted the author’s audience and the purpose for his/her writing. Determine what the logos of the text is -what evidence does the author use to support the claims made in the essay? Are they sufficient, or could more persuasive information have been provided?

Also discuss the writer’s ethos. Does the writer appeal to the audience by overtly stating his/her intentions as honest or true, or is attitude the audience should take toward the author being subtly implied or manipulated? Determine where the author’s place is within this audience, and whether this coincides with the place he/she claims to occupy.

Plan to examine the pathos of the text. What appeals to the audience are made by the author? Do the style choices made by the author affect how the audience receives the message trying to be conveyed? Also examine what role if any the structure of the essay plays in determining its reception. Determine, in other words, whether organization plays a role in persuading the audience.

Keep in mind, however, that while all these considerations ultimately combine to determine the effectiveness of a piece, authors tend to use one particular strategy more than others. Does the author tend to rely on his/her character within the community, or is the audience subject to emotional appeals? More importantly, does the strategy work?


For this assignment, you must also research what others have said about the essay. Find at least two scholarly articles which deal with the essay you have analyzed. Did the authors of these two articles come to any conclusions which were similar to the ones you addressed? Do the conclusions from these two articles change how you view this particular piece? Can you revise, alter, or strengthen some of your original claims by incorporating evidence from these two articles?

This assignment stresses the recursive stage of writing as well as research development. You should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the benefits of additional research. Don’t be so quick to change your determinations, but don’t be afraid to acknowledge that you have gained a better or more in-depth understanding of the original essay by reading what the authors of the two articles discovered about the essay.


6-7 pages minimum

12 pt. Times New Roman font

Double spacing throughout; do not use extra spacing between lines or paragraphs

1 inch margins on all sides

Insert a header that includes your last name and the page number in the top right

On the top left of the first page, please include your name, the date, the course and section number and my name

Include a title that accurately denotes the content of your essay

Use and accurately cite a minimum of 2 additional scholarly sources, using MLA format

A successful essay should demonstrate the following end-point competencies for English 101:

Writing Practices

Understand writing as a process

Recognize the social context of the writing process as a complex interaction between the writer and a broader community

Writing Competencies

Demonstrates engagement in the writing process

Demonstrates intellectual engagement with course readings or other course materials in various written assignments requiring: summary and paraphrase, evaluation and analysis, and incorporation and response

Demonstrates competency in written expression according to content, organization, expression, and mechanics

Critical Thinking Abilities

Intellectual engagement with the texts of other writers

Intellectual engagement with one’s own texts.

Intellectual engagement with the academic community.

Bibliographic and Research Abilities

Use of the resources of the Farley Library, including standard reference materials, on-line catalogues, CD-ROM databases and indexes.

Ability to locate, access, and document information from the Internet.

Accurate use and documentation of source material.

Ability to summarize, paraphrase, and incorporate the views of others into one’s own text.

Technological Abilities

Basic competence in using a word processor to create, edit, save, and print text, and familiarity with basic text layout strategies.

Practice in the use of a Web browser to locate information on the Internet.

Practice in the techniques for citing Internet data.

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