This poem is sometimes seen as an attack on women. No goddess perhaps, but still a beautiful woman, and none the worse for it. Though I take pride in my appearance as Celia does I am not deceiving nor am I hiding my grotesque nature as Swift would like to say.
We picture Strephon going through the box, as we watch laughing at him for not being able to find anything good inside. He finds sweaty smocks, dirt-filled combs, oily cloths, grimy towels, snot-encrusted handkerchiefs, jars of spit, cosmetics derived from dog intestines, and a mucky, rancid clothes chest.
To think that one poem could contain such degrading and unfathomable expressions is incomprehensible to me. Both Strephon and Celia are metaphors for men and women, representing everything good and bad.
In the concluding stanza, Swift discusses how he views women and hopes that Strephon can now view women in the same way—lying, deceitful, grotesque creatures whose hide their true appearance. I am a feminine being who likes to show that femininity through my choice in clothing, and though I am feminine that does not make me part of the patriarchal society.
And it is utter foolishness to refuse to see and appreciate the gold just because it has been created from nickel. Swift employs Juvenalian satire in this poem. Swift illustrates women as creatures who take too much pride in their appearance and thus are deceitful people.
If you venture a look behind the scenes, then the apparent Goddess is quickly revealed as what she really is: Another interpretation of the poem is that he was perhaps on the side of women, and men for that matter, in calling everyone to be more merciful and accept people the way they are.
I believe that even in a dress I can dominate in what is supposed to be a male role, a career field, strength, hard labor, etc. Thomas Sheridan called him "a man whose original genius and uncommon talents have raised him, in the general estimation, above all other writers of the age".
The crucial couplet in the poem is this one: In response her lover, Strephon, goes inside her dressing room to take a look around.
Swift despises human pride and believes that women are full of pride which is his reasoning behind writing the poem. I do take pride in my appearance. If you have not read the poem I will summarize it for you.
This healthy attitude, with which the poem concludes, is very different from the one that, we may assume, characterised the curious young man before he makes his seemingly gruesome discoveries.
In every woman he sees through the powdered wigs and painted faces to the grime beneath. Throughout my course of an independent study, I will reflect on how women are portrayed in literature. Women take too much pride in themselves but are truly nothing but dung, dirt, crap.
In the poem to his mistress Celia, which has the maddened refrain: He realized that women do indeed defecate, they smell, they get sick, and they are human beings. A great wit like Swift could not see how ridiculous he made himself. He spends the majority of his poem degrading women. He mocked, vexed, and made comical political commentary.
In the beginning stanza Celia, a beautiful woman, appears from her dressing room after taking five hours to get ready. He blames it on her, she on him, and she refuses to give the money he requests back. Celia, Celia, Celia shits! I plan to read books, articles, critiques, as well as watch videos and movies reflecting the different views that audiences percieve of women.
Some examples of what Strephon sees include: Swift is a clear misogynist who knows nothing about the true intentions of a woman, such as myself.
On occasions I take the time not the exaggerated five hours that Swift sarcastically writes to make myself appear a certain way.Swift suggests that Celia’s lover is being severely (and rightly) punished for his hubristic attempt to lift the veil from a mystery that had better be left alone, not unlike the youth, “impelled by a burning thirst for knowledge”, in the German poet Friedrich Schiller’s “The Veiled Statue at Sais” (written some 60 years after Swift’s “The Lady’s Dressing.
Swift's The Lady's Dressing Room () is a typical, extended Swift scatalogical (toilet humor) satire on an ostensibly upper-class woman's (Celia) dressing room and beautification techniques.
The satire, however, is so successful that most readers would not want to go within a hundred feet of Celia's dressing room. Jonathan Swift’s ” The Lady’s Dressing Room” is an archetype for exploring the duality of public and private and the role each played within the society and culture of this time period.
The poem, in which describes the character of Strephon exploring a lady’s dressing room by the name of Celia, exhibits how literature has the ability to take.
Two years later, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu published “The Reasons that Induced Dr. Swift to Write a Poem Call’d “The Lady’s Dressing Room””, a fist fighting response to. Another reference to the poem can be found in George Elliot’s Middlemarch, where the character Celia Brooke is believed to be an allusion to The Lady’s Dressing Room’s Celia.
Elliot's Celia is the sister of Swift's main character, and she is a somewhat superficial person who likes to talk about physical killarney10mile.com published: Feb 15, · In the beginning stanza Celia, a beautiful woman, appears from her dressing room after taking five hours to get ready.
In response her lover, Strephon, goes inside her dressing room to take a look around.
The stanzas following the first illustrate what Strephon sees, each stanza making Celia appear dirty and grotesque.Download