Grammatical Principles

Helpless Infants

Work Time

Then focus on the rest of the second sentence of the opening paragraph and answer the following questions.

  • Swift indicates only two choices for these “helpless infants,” although one of the choices has two parts. What are these choices? Given the time period and historical situation in Ireland, can you think of any other choices they might have? What reason would Swift have for limiting the choices to the ones he mentions?
  • Why does Swift use the phrase their “dear native country”? “Their” refers to whom? Do you think they feel their native country is “dear”? Why? How does this reveal more of Swift’s attitude about the issue, or about his own readers?

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