Swift’s decision to use satirical logic

Explain Swift’s decision to use satirical logic using these three terms of Toulmin’s Argument format

Label Swift’s Claim (Something about his decision to tell a sick joke)
Label Swift’s Warrant (A reason why satire is safer than a serious complaint)
Label Swift’s Support (Some evidence or proof)

Discuss the intent of Swift in writing this

Who is his audience?
Why do you think he would try to reach them by using a satirical argument?
How might his audience have reacted to this 18th century political commentary?
How would their reaction differ if his argument was straightforward?
What is your reaction to this grotesquely written proposal?

Find a modern context connection

What are some modern contextual examples that might parallel Swift’s clever means of social commentary?
How does your understanding of these modern satires influence your perception of Swift and the accomplishments of this text?

Reflect on the social/political value of satire in the media

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