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Swift mostly stuck with what women hide about themselves, but who does not hidethings about themselves?Swift describes Strephon rummaging through Celia’s room,finding imperfections in everything.He could have been emphasizing how especiallygross this was considering Celia being “sweet and cleanly” in public but actually lives infilth (Swift 18).No one has a clean living space all day, everyday so I thought his main
theme to be trivial, but how he wrote it and the wit he presented is what made itinteresting to me.Personally, the ideas and rebuttal that Montagu responded with wasmore damaging and embarrassing than what Swift wrote.Her backstory was very wellthought out and equally damaging which could be applied to all men.Swift stuck with the personal hygiene of women and their personal space andcleanliness.Montagu did not fool around with this, she went where it hurts men themost, reputation and a shot below the belt with “The fault is not [in] me” referring to hisintimate abilities (Montagu 73). She also explains that the reason he was in the room inthe first place was for paid companionship.She then satirizes Swift’s chief arguments inhis poem about the chamberpot, dirty clothes, and smelly feet being so off putting andclose to him as the reason for his lack of performance.Montagu is trying to display the