Using Quotations and Citing Sources in an Argument Analysis Essay
“Therefore I repeat, let no man talk to me of these and the like expedients, till he has at least some glimpse of hope that there will be ever some hearty and sincere attempt to put them in practice.” (Swift 184)
Swift rejects any other solution to the problem of poverty in Ireland, as can be seen by his claim “…let no man talk to me of these and the like expedients…” (184)
Swift rejects any other solutions to the problem of poverty in Ireland unless such solutions are seriously addressed and there is “…at least some glimpse of hope that there will be ever some hearty and sincere attempt to put them into practice” (184).
Long Quotations (4 lines or more)
In the first sentence of “A Modest Proposal,” Swift establishes his deep pain regarding the poverty in Ireland: “It is a melancholy object to those who walk through this great town [Dublin], or travel in the country…” (179).
Readers who misunderstand Swift’s irony might be offended when he proposes that “…a young healthy child well nursed is at a year old a most delicious, nourishing and wholesome food…” (Swift 180).
Swift’s irony is most bitter when he attacks the greed of the Irish landlords by pointing out, “I grant this food will be somewhat dear, and therefore very proper for landlords, who, as they have already devoured most of the parents, seem to have the best title to the children “ (183).
e.g. Swift argues “I can think of no one objection that will possibly be raised against this proposal”; however, he is obviously being ironic. (184)
Later in Swift’s essay, he claims “this prodigious number of children…is in the present deplorable state of the kingdom a very great additional grievance”(179).
e.g Swift’s proposals about how to deal with a disastrous national economy seem surprisingly relevant to economic discussions of today; he talks, for example, “of using neither clothes nor household furniture except what is of our own growth and manufacture” (184).
THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT THING: PLAGIARISM
e.g. When Swift proposes boycotting imported goods and clothing as a way to revive the economy of eighteenth century Ireland, his ideas resonate with many Americans struggling with today’s economy (184).
Practice using the essay you have chosen to analyze
Here is a model for “A Modest Proposal”
Swift, Jonathan. “A Modest Proposal.” In Current Issues and
Enduring Questions. 6th Ed. Editors Sylvan Barnet and Hugo Bedau. Boston: Bedford St. Martins, 2002. 179-185.
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