What are Jonathan Swift's lines of reasoning in "The Modest Proposal"? The logical, emotional, and ethical reasonings he had?I am trying to find out how he showed these three different...

What are Jonathan Swift's lines of reasoning in "The Modest Proposal"? The logical, emotional, and ethical reasonings he had?

I am trying to find out how he showed these three different types of reasoning.

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Swift's basic idea when writing "A Modest Proposal" was to cause outrage within the country.  His ideas were so preposterous that he was sure it would cause a frenzy.  He was hoping this frenzy would help cause people to begin finding a solution for the country's hunger problems.  The logical aspect may be the straightforwardness of his "proposal".  He writes the proposal as if there is no other solution except for the one he is talking about.  The emotional aspect is shown through his ability to enrage the reader because of his terrible plan.  After reading his proposal, many students have said, "He wants to do what?!"  It is completely unbelievable and therefore causes us to react emotionally to the piece.  Finally, the entire proposal could be a lesson on ethics.  Who would actually want to eat innocent children?  It is a huge moral dilemma and even those who would normally consider themselves to be morally dubious would agree that Swift most have lost his mind.   

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