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1. In Swift’s irony effective in A Modern Proposal, or does it risk being taken seriously by readers and arousing nothing more than disgust or outrage at the author? Expllain your thinking in a brief paragraph of at least five sentences.
2. Vocabulary: Connotations
Diction or word choice is especially important in pesuasive writing. Swift is particularly skillful in choosing words with strong-that is, words loaded with strong feelings, associations, or even judjments. Some of Swift’s loaded words include: savages, male and female, popish infants, beggers, rags, breeders, filth, idolatrous, carcasses. In each instance where the previous list of words appear, another word or term could have been chosen to create a different, less harsh effect. For example, man and woman are gentler terms for male and female. By using the terms male and female, Swift is equating people with animals. Amswer the following questions for six of the nime words listed: find places in the text where the words previously listed are used. What is the emotional effect of each words choice> What tamer or more positive words could have been used to create a different effect?