Shesgreen, Sean, 1939-
M.A. (Master of Arts)
Department of English
Swift; Jonathan; 1667-1745--Criticism and interpretation; Swift; Jonathan; 1667-1745--Style; Authors; Irish--18th century--History and criticism; Rhetoric--1500-1800--History
This study examines Jonathan Swift's use of ethos, a classical rhetorical device, in The Drapier's Letters. Gulliver's Travels, and "A Modest Proposal," and suggests that the use of ethos allows Swift to manipulate his audience and draw them toward his satiric end. To establish Swift's understanding of classical rhetoric, this study first looks at his early education, and second, looks at early works that reflect his knowledge of classical rhetoric and its writers: Aristotle, Cicero, and Quintilian. Finally, this study scrutinizes each of the above works separately, identifying how ethos is used.
Knudsen, Janice L., "Swift, persona, and the power to persuade : a study of ethos in The drapier's letters, Gulliver's travels, and A modest proposal" (1993). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 5163.
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