Publication Date

1993

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Shesgreen, Sean, 1939-

Degree Name

M.A. (Master of Arts)

Department

Department of English

LCSH

Swift, Jonathan, 1667-1745--Criticism and interpretation||Swift, Jonathan, 1667-1745--Style||Authors, Irish--18th century--History and criticism||Rhetoric--1500-1800--History

Abstract

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.

Comments

Includes bibliographical references (pages [33]-34)

Extent

34 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

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Text

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