Category:
History
Paper Title:
rape of the lock
Text:
In this Canto, Pope describes the satirical decent of Umbriel into
“underworld” as the last literary convention of epic poetry that
Pope uses.


Umbriel is the representative of the darker side of the supernatural world
and
he goes to the Underworld or the Cave of spleen to gain some assistance for
the
“violated”. In the Cave of Spleen, Umbriel discovers two symbols of
feminine
wiles: Ill-nature an old Puritan dressed in black and white and Affectation,
a
woman who pretends to be ill to gain superiority. These women give Umbriel a
bag full of “sighs, sobs, and passions, and the war of
tongues”(Line 84) and
added the gift of a vial of “soft sorrows, melting griefs, and glowing
tears”(Line 87). These “weapons” are the female wiles that
cause the epic
battle between Belinda and the Baron. Pope ends the poem stating that
Belinda’s lock will go to heaven with her name inscribed on it so that
everyone
will know her name.


In the final analysis, the scales are tipped in favor of the comical: the
reader of the poem is impressed by the sheer force of the humor, and the
grand
style serves to exaggerate the ridiculous. The laughter and ridicule do not
undermine the importance of good sense and virtue in the relations between
men and women.

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In conclusion, “The Rape of the Lock” is indeed a mock-heroic to
indicate to Arabella Fermor and Lord Petre that they should not worry about
trivial things such as the “rape” of one’s lock. “The Rape of
the Lock” is an
example of how Pope fuses both the classical world with his modern world.


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