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    Swift and King: Sympathy for the Oppressed

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    A 6 page paper which examines Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” as they create sympathy for the oppressed. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

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    gain the approval of the audience. They are works that play on sympathy and works that utilize logic and other elements to help persuade the audience to listen and believe  in what is being said. The following paper examines the two individuals and their works, separately, as they invoke sympathy for the oppressed, and then the essay discusses the two  together. Jonathan Swift Jonathan Swift is noted most often for his satire, and his satirical approach to engaging an audiences sympathy. It was essentially a genre of writing  during his time, a genre that perhaps was largely due to his own unique literary style that was ironic and satirical. One author notes that, "The real sources of his  works, in any event, lay not in literary originals but in contemporary events--political events in England, which he satirized in the Lilliputian episode in Gulliver, or socio-economic events in Ireland,  which he satirized in A Modest Proposal" (Cody). In his work "A Modest Proposal" he is addressing the needs of the people, the Irish people. It is a work that  is quite satirical and humorous as it makes the point that the impoverished people of Ireland truly need help. In his essay he is, in all honesty, claiming that the  "good" people of the country should think seriously about using infants at the age of 1 as sources of food and material. The entire essay is about eating infants and  using their skin as clothing so as to avoid the problem of having to see poor begging mothers with children. Through making statements such as "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" and essentially 

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