Jonathan Swift's "The Lady's Dressing Room" Analytical Essay by Neatwriter

Jonathan Swift's "The Lady's Dressing Room"
An analysis of Jonathan Swift's poem about a woman in her dressing room that is being spied upon by her lover.
# 61621 | 921 words | 1 source | MLA | 2005 | US
Published on Oct 16, 2005 in Literature (English) , Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis) , Women Studies (General)

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This paper explains how Jonathan Swift's poem "The Lady's Dressing Room" describes an almost universal role of women: Their self-perception and their perception by others. The paper further points out that the poem is as relevant today as it was when it was written, almost three centuries ago.

From the Paper:

"The idealized image of women, promoted equally as strong in Swift's day as in ours, causes problems for both genders. Women become self-absorbed, and men develop unrealistic notions of what women should be like. Through clever wit, satire and sarcasm, Swift points out the problems with unrealistic expectations in his poem. For example, from the "Paste of Composition rare," to the "Ointments good for scabby Chops," the cosmetics of Swift's day largely resemble those in the modern world. Women are the primary consumers of these beauty products. Swift notes, through Strephon's shocked eyes, that women spend an inordinate amount of time using beauty products when beneath it all they are normal, sweaty, stinky human beings. Women have somehow been socialized to expect to be perfect. Moreover, cosmetics are one of the biggest most booming industries in the world today. The industry shows no sign of lagging, which is why Swift's poem appeals equally as well in his time as in ours, and could very well appeal to the future."

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