• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Although the two texts are written 250 years apart where the problem of homelessness was first outlined by Jonathan Swift it is still a big problem today as Robert Swindells outlines in his text.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Chris Mottram English Assignment Compare and contrast the ways in which the problem of homelessness and the solution to it are presented in the two texts: 'A Modest Proposal' by Jonathan Swift and 'Stone Cold' by Robert Swindells. In this assignment I am going to compare the two texts, which talk about their anger of homelessness. Although the two texts are written 250 years apart where the problem of homelessness was first outlined by Jonathan Swift it is still a big problem today as Robert Swindells outlines in his text. The text written by Robert Swindells, 'Stone Cold', shows the cruelty of the DSS, who brush aside the homeless like Link because he hasn't got a permanent address. This particular problem was outlined by the Robert Swindells, as they made no attempt to help the young homeless people in London. Link says that he may as well be speaking to one of the stone lions in Trafalgar Square, suggesting to the reader it was a complete waste of time. This is linked with 'A Modest Proposal', which was written by Jonathan Swift 250 years ago as it states about how uncaring the rich landlords of Ireland are. ...read more.

Middle

When Swift wrote the text, he wrote it to put the message across about homelessness and to make people laugh about what he wrote but also to make the rich more aware of how bad the problem of homelessness is in Ireland. These short paragraphs that Swift wrote are brief but the get right to the point and get the point across. On the other hand, Robert Swindells story is written in chapters. Each chapter contains an interesting story and lets the reader know what the cold winter is like for the homeless. 'Stone Cold' was written for the young people who are interested in the matter. Robert Swindells story is expressed through events, characters and description, and his anger at the way young homeless people are treated. For example when Link went to the DSS he was not able to sign up for the dole, again because of the problem of not having a fixed address. Swindells expresses his anger towards how he was treated when he said I might as well be speaking to a stone lion in Trafalgar Square. Swindells wrote about this particular event through the main character Link, where he expressed his own feelings with that comment. ...read more.

Conclusion

In 'A Modest Proposal' the solution to the problem is to getting rid of the homeless is, A man shall serve four women owned by a landlord, the women shall then have a baby and at a year old shall sell the babies to the landlords for them to either eat or sell and the women shall receive little money in the process, barely enough to survive. Where as in 'Stone Cold' the way in which the author gets rid of the homeless is through the psychopath. The psychopath kills off the homeless by planning whom he is going to kill and then leads them back to his house where he kills them. So as you can see the author's solutions to the problems are similar in a way as they both seem to kill the homeless to get rid of them, but the way they go about doing it is very different. Conclusion I preferred the 'Stone Cold' text because I like the action and the excitement it brings, as we don't know who will strike next. I think 'Stone Cold' gets the message across better because it is easier to understand. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Jonathan Swift section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Jonathan Swift essays

  1. How effective is 'Modest Proposal' by Jonathon Swift

    This form of writing invites reader to read the proposal till the end and makes them think about the issue which is presented. Satire can be powerful if the writer uses it correctly.

  2. A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift How does Swift attempt to make his ...

    believe in contraception so they will conceive more children than Protestants regardless if they can or cannot support them. Swift is highlighting a problem which he thinks can be resolved. He starts to build up to the proposal by giving hints along the way like in paragraph 3 when he

  1. What are the Objects of Swift's Satire in 'Gulliver's Travels' in the 'Voyages to ...

    A second example of Swift's interest in bodily functions is in Lilliput when Gulliver urinates on the Empress' palace to save her from the fire, the ironic thing about this is that although Gulliver saved the Empress' life from the fire he was later banished from the country for displaying such an act in front of the Empress.

  2. Discuss the similarities and differences in themes and ideas as shown in a modest ...

    They may be wooed into an unknown's home at any time without the knowledge of anyone in the outside world. Another danger is portrayed in the character of Shelter, he looks like a normal person who is an ex army guy discharged on medical grounds.

  1. Compare the Way in which John Donne and Swift present the women in their ...

    a woman that he is trying to get into bed, the poem enters in on a dramatic situation and Donne thrusts the reader straight into his desires for this woman.. We learn that he is being kept awake by his sexual energy which is literally the only thing keeping him awake apart from his sexual desire towards this woman.

  2. Discuss the ways in which Swift criticises his society in 'A Modest Proposal'.

    The use of 'helpless Infants' makes it seem even more poignant and sad. We see some of Swift come through and hints at the fact that the Protestants who have made them peasants are the ones to blame for them turning to crime.

  1. Discuss the similarities and differences in themes and ideas as shown in Stone Cold ...

    There are significant differences between the two texts. Swindells wrote the thriller in 1993 because he himself had experienced living rough in the North of London. He was horrified by the by the conditions homeless people endured, and so he decided to publicise this matter The above quote clearly shows the beliefs and feelings of Swindells.

  2. How Gulliver's Travels Satirises the Politics of Swift's Time.

    In this respect one would think that they would have the most open minds, yet they do not. The race of Houyhnhnms also have a peculiar form of government: a pure democracy.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work