Swift Reading Responses
SWIFT READING RESPONSES 3
Thesurprise ending is that the solution offered by the Swift (2003)leads to a further problem for the people as they will be subjectedto victimization by the government. The surprise is further madeclear since the government will be tasked more in controlling thepopulation, instead of the people themselves taking initiatives tocontrol their population. The reading by swift was supposed toexplore the solution for the problem of citizen mistreatment by thegovernment in addition to the solution of increasing population. Fromthe start of the reading two solutions are expected to be related andsolve the problems that both the people and the government of Irelandare experiencing.
However,it is in the middle of the reading where the reader realizes that theending will be different from what the author builds in thebeginning. This indicates that the solution offered by the author maynot work for both sides, but a task for one side only, thegovernment. Before the middle, his solution seemed unclear, but gainclarity when he starts explaining the advantages of hisunconventional solution.
Theauthor was not successful in convincing the reader to accept thesurprise ending that it is the task of the government to controlpeople in regard to the children they have. This is because theauthor indicates that the solution is his own opinion and leaves thereader to conclude on the validity of the proposal that he ends withthe reading. This, according to Fisher(2004)is both suggestive and non-subjective form of reaching at conclusionsby the reader where the author avoids direct confrontation. However,the author clearly ends by indicating the solution that was ratherdifferent from the expectations of the reader.
Fisher,A. (2004). TheLogic of Real Arguments.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Swift,J (2003). AModest Proposal for preventing the children of poor people inIreland, from
beinga burden on their parents or country, and for making them beneficialto the public (1729).RetrievedFrom, <http://www.victorianweb.org/previctorian/swift/modest.html>April 23, 2014