Lady's dressing room - Date of Reading: September 16, 2007...

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Date of Reading: September 16, 2007 Title: The Lady’s Dressing Room Name of the Author: Jonathan Swift Date of Writing: September 17, 2009 Country of Origin: Ireland Synopsis: Main Idea: The topic of the poem is just what the title says: he's describing what happens in a lady's dressing room. However, the first lines signal the satirical approach: five hours to get ready? This is hammered home by the evocation of a goddess, as if the women were divine, an image Swift then contrasts with both agricultural byproducts (dung, hard work, smell) and a kind of industrial production. He's saying how much work it is to make women beautiful, and how disgusting the work behind the scenes is. Main Characters/Characteristics: 1. Celia is the protagonist of the poem, who may be lovely in public, but in private she is pretty much a disgusting pig. 2. Strephon is Celia’s “other half” who is morbidly shocked by the lack of hygiene in Celia’s dressing room. 3.
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This note was uploaded on 10/09/2010 for the course ENG Eng2301 taught by Professor Roy during the Spring '09 term at Austin Community College.

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