Joseph Addison

             Joseph Addison’s work in “The Spectator,” endeavors to convey the importance of morality in conjunction with honorable literature. Based on Addison’s character that is described as “by nature reserved, calculating and prudent,”(2479) it is no surprise that within his work The Spectator, he is devoted to improving the attitude and manners of his readers. Joseph Addison and Sir Richard Steel collaborated on several projects; however, the most notable among them is the Spectator, which Addison administered. The Spectator was considered throughout “Addisonian.” (2480). In Addison’s 112th edition of the Spectator titled [Sir Roger at Church] and the122nd edition [Sir Roger at the Assizes], he uses an old knight by the name of Sir Roger to illustrate the ideal of a good churchman. Addison fulfills his ambition of being considered a pleasing modern philosopher in [The Aims of the Spectator], which is the 10th edition. In the Spectator No. 62, Addison illustrates the importance of discernible writing in [Wit: True, False, Mixed]. Addison critiques an epic poem of John Milton called “Paradise Lost”, in the Spectator 267, titled [Paradise Lost: General Critical Remarks]. Lastly, in the Spectator 519, titled [On the Scale of Being] Addison illustrates the indifference of humanism to animals and insects.
             The significance of Sir Roger at church is used to express the value of the Sabbath day Sunday and how a worthy churchman should conduct himself. For example, Addison states that “ If keeping holy the seventh day were only a human institution, it would be the best method that could have been thought of for the polishing and civilizing of mankind.”(2488). He also states that Sundays are suppose to “cleanse away the rust of the whole week,” refreshing, “in their minds the notions of religion.” (2488). Sir Roger is a respectable man with high morals about life and ...

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