Pope Admiring Belinda in The Rape of the Lock Essay

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Pope Admiring Belinda in The Rape of the Lock

The main character of Pope's "The Rape of the Lock" could be considered both hailed and damned by the overseer, but the complexities and sometimes contradictions of Belinda spark a more unbiased view.

The appearance of Belinda and the world in which she lives is described in a very fantastical and beautiful way. Even small details such as the arrangement of Belinda's hair are due to wondrous entities known as the Sylphs, whose sole task is to make sure she is looking her best. This consideration of appearance in "The Rape of the Lock" is very important as the society that Belinda lives within is very judgmental on the basis of appearance, especially for women. Her role
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In many couplets he pairs something epic, which starts off the couplet, with a trivial anti-climax. The method of writing within
"The Rape of the Lock" is mock epic and serves the purpose of criticising the negative themes within the poem by revealing them to the extreme.

Although Belinda is very superficial she does have an aura that makes her admirable, and Pope does not look over this. She makes it known that she is quite pure and innocent and with this innocence it is easier to overlook to the arguably negative traits that she holds. The social rules within her society mean that she is condoned to act the way she does and through her innocence she does. She is arguably innocent considering sex and her own sexuality even though she portrays as beautiful an image as she can. Her physical gifts though could be argued, in her eyes, to be prettiness and nothing to do with sexuality. Understanding the possibility of her being innocent, there are also undercurrents that she is not so pure as she would have the other people within the poem believe. As an example, after the lock is stolen she tells the Baron that he could have had a more private lock of hair of her own free will. Although all that can be ordained is assumptions, through the language that Pope uses it is pretty safe to assume that the innuendo in her speech is intentional.
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