His insufficiency is more surprising because elsewhere in the play Iago appears as a master rhetorician, but as Bloch explains, ‘the misogynistic writer uses rhetoric as a means of renouncing it, and, by extension, woman.’ (163) Even the noble general yielded to the sexist remarks and insinuations of his ancient, thus developing a reprehensible attitude toward his lovely and faithful wife. Angela Pitt in “Women in Shakespeare’s Tragedies” comments on the Moor’s sexist treatment of Desdemona: Desdemona has, therefore, some quite serious faults as a wife, including a will of her own, which was evident even before she was married. This does not mean that she merits the terrible accusations flung at her by Othello, nor does she in any way deserve her death, but she is partly responsible for the tragic action of the play. Othello’s behavior and mounting jealousy are made more comprehensible if we remember what Elizabethan husbands might expect of their wives. (45) In the opening scene, while Iago is expressing his hatred for the general Othello for his selection... ... middle of paper ... ...reason to the same extent, or even greater than, men; and that men are passion-driven moreso than are women.
Pope further demonstrates Belinda’s great... ... middle of paper ... ...ombat flies” (5.37-38). Pope uses the dramatization of war to make this trivial altercation look more important than it is. Pope uses the mock-epic style of “The Rape of the Lock” to spotlight the foolishness of feuding over the removal of a lock a hair. He uses the conventions of epic poetry to further allude to the ludicrousness of the situation. Pope uses techniques such as idealizing a heroine, having supernatural beings, and dramatizing trivial things in terms of war to strength his mock-epic style and his satire of the incident.
A great example of this in “Rape of The Lock” is how Belinda acts after losing a lock of hair to the Baron, “Forever cursed be this detested day, Which snatched my best, my favorite curl away!—Oh, hadst though, cruel! Been content to seize Hairs less in sight, or any hairs but these!” (Pope 147, 175). Pope exaggerates elements of the story by using personification to elevate the subject to a higher level. Pope wrote the Mock Epic to show how superficial culture was in the 18th century. In Swift’s writing he uses hyperbole and a mocking tone in various parts of the poem to get his point across.
In this manner, she is able to lay most of the blame for the rape of the lock on the nature of men rather than her own vain lifestyle. During her exaggerated monologue, Belinda will refer to events earlier in the poem, from her social life at Hampton Court, to the opulent life she has lived, as root causes of her misfortune. All the while though, the undercurrent of the passage will convey the feeling that it is mainly the fault of men since a woman can only do so much to protect herself. For ever curs'd be this detested Day, Which snatch'd my best, my fav'rite Curl away! Happy!
Pope satirizes female vanity. He wrote the poem at the request of his friend, John Caryll, in an effort to make peace between real-life lovers. The incident of the lock of hair was factual; Pope's intention was to dilute with humor the ill feelings aroused by the affair. He was, in fact, putting a minor incident into perspective, and to this end, chose a mock-heroic form, composing the poem as a "take-off" epic poetry, particularly the work of Milton. He is inviting the individuals involved to laugh at themselves, to see how emotion had inflated their response to what was really an event of no consequence.
Through the use of comparisons, the English sonnet and an anti-Petrarchan approach, he creatively gets his point across. "My Mistress' Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun" uses comparisons to express Shakespeare's idea of love as opposed to lust. A lustful man would focus on a woman's pleasing physical characteristics, such as white breasts, beautiful hair, red lips, and fragrant breath; however, Shakespeare's mistress possesses none of these great characteristics. Shakespeare, instead, uses metaphors to express her physical shortcomings. "Coral is far more red than her lips' red" (line 2) describes his mistress' faded lips.
The Rape of the Lock by Alexander Pope It all began in the year 1712 when the infamous Lord Robert Petre cut a lock of hair un- knowingly from the head of his beloved Arabella Fermor, setting off a chain of events that would soon lead Alexander Pope to write one of his most famous poems, The Rape of the Lock. Pope’s main purpose was to “laugh the two [lovers] together” and solve the social crisis that had resulted; however Pope also accomplished a little something extra (L1C 2504). Hidden inside his poem is a crafty criticism of the society that helped to create the crisis over the stolen lock in the first place. Pope’s classical beliefs in God as the source of identity were sorely challenged by the society in which he lived, where appearances were more important to a person’s sense of identity than what was truly happening in their life. On the surface, The Rape of the Lock appears to be simply a humorous poem making light of a real event.
The Rape of the Lock, written by Alexander Pope, is a mock-epic with a serious purpose. This narrative was written to diffuse a real life quarrel between two high-class families in 18th century England; the Petres and the Fermors (Gurr, 5). The character’s names were changed but their characteristics hold true; simply put, Belinda, young and beautiful, had a lock of her hair cut off by the Baron and this thus causes a feud amongst the two families. Pope wrote this mock-epic by employing humor and light-hearted wit in order to diffuse the tensions, but also to mock the superficiality of that society. Pope’s The Rape of the Lock uses epic conventions such as, structure, the depiction of the epic hero embodying the culture’s values, and the usage of supernatural machinery to satirize and mock the superficiality of the 18th century high-class society.
Alexander Pope’s The Rape of the Lock is a satirical poem that features a theme of gender roles. Throughout the poem, Pope uses his protagonist Belinda, to poke fun at the superficial nature of aristocratic women. He focuses on the ritual of womanhood and approaches it like a trivial matter, and her reaction to the offence is hysterical. Through this portrayal, he reveals that the Baron has a childish quality in his need for revenge for Belinda’s stab at his ego. The speaker’s view does come across as misogynistic, but the woman is trying to stand her ground in a society dominated by men.
Satire is a genre of literature that many authors have written in, particularly when writing in or about the Victorian time period. Authors would write satirical novels with the intent to provide constructive social criticism, to draw attention to issues in their society, and to shame individuals, corporations, governments, and society, in general, into improvement. Two writers who successfully use satire in their works are Oscar Wilde and Virginia Woolf. Both writers satirize gender roles and social status in their respective works of The Importance of Being Earnest and Between the Acts. In his play, Wilde utilizes the techniques of inversion and puns to get his satire across, which work together to form a specific critique of marriage and social status in a Victorian society, and those that enforce these rules.