The Rape of the Lock. Alexander Pope. Pope and His Times. Pope suffered prejudices due to his appearance Ill health, tuberculosis, asthma, headaches, stunted growth, hunchbacked Many characterized Pope as ill-tempered, critical and judgmental. Pope and His Times.
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Satan whispers a dream in Eve’s ear
Eve fixates on her image in a pool of water
Satan suffers in a lake of burning sulfur
The Rape of the Lock
Ariel whispers to Belinda about pride and vanity
Belinda worships her own reflection in a mirror
Ariel threatens the sylphs with burning chocolateA Few Allusions to Paradise Lost
Umbriel, the earthy gnome, descends to the Cave of Spleen
Thalestris’ speech rouses the rage of Belinda
Sir Plume bids in vain the payment of the lockCanto 4
Invocate the Muse’s aid. (Calliope)
Ask epic question(s).
Begin with inmedias res.
Use epithets and similes.
Gods’ interference in human affairs.Epic Conventions
Renders a trivial subject ridiculous by treating it with the elaborate (Karl 31).
Compare small things with something great.Mock Epic