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Analysis Of The Lady´S Dressing Room By Jonathan Swift

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For a woman, looking her best is incredibly important. Whether just a friendly outing or a formal school dance, women utilize makeup and various hair-care products to give off a strong, beautiful, and confident image. The excremental poem “The Lady’s Dressing Room” by Jonathan Swift describes several of the ways women try to “hide themselves” to give off a more positive and attractive appearance. While there are many ways a woman can beautify herself, some of the procedures are, depending on the type of girl, used in certain situations only.
The most basic of public outing, going out with friends, is the one women typically engage in more frequently. Many different factors go into the thought process of “dressing up”: who might she see, who is she hanging out with, where are they going, what are the other people possibly wearing, what are they doing afterwards, what is the weather like at that particular moment. Then, once an initial determination has occurred, the woman must look at the clothes, hair products, and makeup currently at her disposal. Should she wear waterproof mascara or just normal? Does she want her hair with a lot of volume, crimped, curly, or straight? Does she have time to shower and shave beforehand? If she can’t shave, she can’t wear anything that shows her legs, so what should she do then? But if she showers, she needs to brush her hair out, dry it, and then, style it. That will require “various combs for various uses” (20). It is a lot more complicated than simply picking a random outfit. If she is going out with friends, then she cannot “try too hard” ether. She doesn’t want to give off a desperate or “slutty” appearance if she is hanging out/might see men. For a typical, just-hanging-out-with-girlfriends day I dress comfortable. To be honest, compared to other girls, I do not dress up as much because I respect the joy of being comfortable. I typically wear jeans (which are good for almost any occasion and weather type) and a t-shirt with flip-flops. I frequently wear my class ring on my right hand and a small pair of hoops in my ears. I brush my hair to get all the tangles out and use water to lay down any strands that are sticking up on the top of my head. I will then go into the makeup domain. I always put my makeup on in the exact same way for day-to-day activities, starting by putting makeup remover on a q-tip to remove any under eye makeup that might have drifted from previous days. I then begin my routine by applying about 4-5 coats of mascara, pausing between each one so that it will dry and build upon the next layer. Once that is completed, I put the eye liner line on the top lid. I don’t have “a forehead cloth with oil upon’t/to smooth the wrinkles” (25-26), but that is slightly the purpose of my foundation. I use it to cover up my dark circles and to cover up any pimples or blemishes. After that, I wait a few minutes for it to dry and set, then I dry on the under eye liner. Sometimes I will take “a pair of...

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