“The Rape of the Lock”. By: Alexander Pope. I CAN… Define a mock epic. Identify and explain qualities of a mock epic in my reading. Define parody. Understand how parody and mock epic work together. Define and identify antithesis . Standard/Objective. A mock epic is…
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By: Alexander Pope
“The Rape of the Lock” can actually be reworded to simply mean:
The violent theft of a lock of hair.
Who committed the real-life theft? He is known as the baron in the story.
Robert, Lord Petre p. 526
Who was the damsel in distress? Known as Belinda in the story.
ArabellaFermor p. 526The Rape of the Lock
To make the families realize how trivial the scenario actually is.
A mock epic is…
a comic narrative poem that uses parody, dignified language, supernatural intervention, and exaggeration.The Rape of the Lock
Belinda – protagonist and a caricature of the socialite, ArabellaFermor
Canto 1: Not included in your text.
Begins with an invocation of a female Muse – the muse of poets and artists. However, Pope makes his joking intentions clear in the first couplet by writing,
“What dire offense from amorous causes springs,
What mighty contests rise from trivial things,
Meaning…How serious fights are caused by trivial things.The Rape of the Lock
1. Setting: Hampton Court near the Thames River.
2. They are having coffee and talking about others and gossip.
3. He uses the Greek story, Scylla’s to give credibility as he prepares to mock the families.
4. Clarissa gave the Baron the scissors.
5. The sprites tried to protect her hair.
6. They are unable to protect her hair because in her heart, she wants the Baron to succeed in cutting her hair.
7. He is excited, “the glorious prize is mine!”The Rape of the Lock
Setting: Hades (the underworld), Cave of Spleen, Hampton Court; Virgil– Aeneas travel to Hades
8. Umbriel, a sprite, goes to the Cave of Spleen and collects a bag of tears. She returns to Hampton Court to sprinkle the tears on Belinda and her girlfriend.
9. A spleen is a depression, or rich, idle people
10. Belinda then laments and cries over the cruelty of the Baron. This is an exaggeration. Trivial nature of problems of the wealthy.The Rape of the Lock
11. Pope compares the minor argument to a war.
12. The attack and/or battle begins with Belinda throwing ‘snuff’ at the Baron’s face in order to make him sneeze. Then she draws her deadly hair pin (bodkin) on the Baron.
13. The Baron confesses he loves her and death only means he leaves her behind.
14. Belinda does not change her feelings for him.
Pope then mocks the power of the lock.
15.The lock goes flying through the air like a comet from Heaven. In mourning the lost hair, Belinda’s name will now be in the stars.
Pope does allude to Othello… classic tale of murder and betrayal.The Rape of the Lock