Essay on A GROSS FORM OF DELIGHTFUL SATIRE
"The stoical scheme of supplying our wants by lopping off our desires, is like cutting off our feet when we want shoes."
"We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love on another."
Like all true satirists, Swift was predominantly a moralist, one who chastises the vices and follies of humankind in the name of virtue and common sense. Throughout his writing, Swift constantly raised the question of whether the achievements of civilization-its advancing technology, its institutions, its refinement of manners-cannot be seen as complex forms of barbarism. With this theme in mind, Swift wrote some of his best works: A Modest …show more content…
Women in their dressing rooms were for Swift a symbol of humankind’s vanity, hypocrisy, and imperfection. The Lady’s Dressing-Room provides a good example of their typical structure. Here, Swift opens creating the image of Celia to be perfect and divine.
Five Hours, (and who can do it less in?) By haughty Celia spent in Dressing;
The Goddess from her chamber issues, Array’d in Lace, Brocades, and Tissues. (1-4)