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Analysis of the Poem, The Rape of the Lock

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In classic literature it is considered a sin to think too highly of yourself, having too much pride or vanity would lead to feelings of dislike by people of your class. The reason you would be disliked is because your peers will get annoyed with you. In “The Rape of the Lock,” by Alexander Pope, he takes that distaste and annoyance toward people to a whole new level. In this now classic new twist on epic poetry, it’s timeless characters can be anyone from any time period.
Pope’s version of epic poem is a very welcome twist to an old classic. He took the original traits of the poem and revamped it to become his own.
The Rape of the Lock is a poem in which things, not people, are the heroes. The diminution of the human, made ridiculous through stylistic aggrandizement, is integral to the poem's mock-heroic effect. Yet if these things "operate almost without human agency" so that people "become objects”(Crehan,2)

The reason this poem is so different and grabbed the attention of so many is because it took the plain old hero fighting battles to save a kingdom to having the hero b...


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...gth to make her, his. He could see that deep down she wanted to be loved on the inside, she wanted someone to take her.


Bibliography
Alchin, L.K. Courtly Love. 16 November 2008. 27 Octuber 2010 .
Chrehan, A.S. "The Rape of the Lock and the Economy of "Trival Things"." Eighteenth-Century Studies 31.1 (1997): 2.
Pope, Alexander. "The Rape of the Lock." Noggle, Lawerence Lipking and James. The Norton Anthology of English Literature. Vol. A. New York: WW Norton & Company, 2006. 1136-1155.

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