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8/15/2018

"The rape of the lock" as a mock heroic epic

Apart from being a mock epic it has a very witty and light beginning which we find in the invocation, in its similes and the epic matter with its machinery , it’s battles, it’s journey on water and down to the under world. Throughout the white curtain the sun entered into Belinda  's bedroom and fearfully cast the ray on the bed of Bolinda . Belinda was a late raiser and also goes to bed late at night. When she was waking from her sleep , the lap dogs were giving a shake to their body to rouse themselves from lethargy. Then Bolinda rang her bell thrice to call her maid and getting no answer she knocks the ground with her slipper, and press the bell repeater which gives a silvery or sweet sound . She then fall asleep again, pressing her pillow which was stuffed with her softest feathers . The Sylph whose duty was to protect her from all harm extended the Period of her soothing sleep. It was Sylph who had induced her silent bed the morning dream which now floated into her brain. He took the form of a young brightly dressed caused a blush on her cheeks even during her sleep. That young gallant in her dream seem to place his persuasive lips close to her ears and speak in a low tone.     We find mockery in Belinda’s flashing lighting from her eyes and screaming like the Homeric heroes ; but the bulk of Achilles, she is a mere slip of a girl and mere fashionable lady . Again we find an alter built of twelve vast France romances’ of love which is made to serve the purpose of winning the heart of a beautiful nymph like Belinda. That was not built to praise the Greek goddess. The battle between enraged men and women was happened on a velvet plain only for the lost of hair. The Sylphs , nymphs, gnomes and salamanders of The Rape of the Lock make every incident with great importance. In the Battle of the sexes , they take sides like the Greek gods and goddesses. They take utmost care as the Greek gods take care of their favourites. With the mocking activities of some aerial creatures the gains a higher status in the field of comic literature . Belinda ‘s ‘Sacred Rites' on her dressing table is also treated as a mockery of religious feeling. Her keeping  Bible bedio her cosmetics shows the frivolous women ‘s tendency to make a vain show of their religious habit.     Thus , as the poem by Alexander Pope The Rape of the Lock mostly can be applied with the characteristics of a mock-epic we can conclude saying that this is really a great mock-heroic epic.
The Rape of The Lock



The very title of the poem brings in our mind a sense of mockery and laughter when the cutting of beautiful lock of Belinda is compare to a ‘ rape' which actually bears a very severe and brutal meaning . The poem is called a mock heroic poem which deals with a very trifling issue having no serious purpose or goal. But an original epic must have a serious theme and a grave purpose.

Apart from being a mock epic it has a very witty and light beginning which we find in the invocation, in its similes and the epic matter with its machinery , it’s battles, it’s journey on water and down to the under world. Throughout the white curtain the sun entered into Belinda  's bedroom and fearfully cast the ray on the bed of Bolinda . Belinda was a late raiser and also goes to bed late at night. When she was waking from her sleep , the lap dogs were giving a shake to their body to rouse themselves from lethargy. Then Bolinda rang her bell thrice to call her maid and getting no answer she knocks the ground with her slipper, and press the bell repeater which gives a silvery or sweet sound . She then fall asleep again, pressing her pillow which was stuffed with her softest feathers . The Sylph whose duty was to protect her from all harm extended the Period of her soothing sleep. It was Sylph who had induced her silent bed the morning dream which now floated into her brain. He took the form of a young brightly dressed caused a blush on her cheeks even during her sleep. That young gallant in her dream seem to place his persuasive lips close to her ears and speak in a low tone.

We find mockery in Belinda’s flashing lighting from her eyes and screaming like the Homeric heroes ; but the bulk of Achilles, she is a mere slip of a girl and mere fashionable lady . Again we find an alter built of twelve vast France romances’ of love which is made to serve the purpose of winning the heart of a beautiful nymph like Belinda. That was not built to praise the Greek goddess. The battle between enraged men and women was happened on a velvet plain only for the lost of hair. The Sylphs , nymphs, gnomes and salamanders of The Rape of the Lock make every incident with great importance. In the Battle of the sexes , they take sides like the Greek gods and goddesses. They take utmost care as the Greek gods take care of their favourites. With the mocking activities of some aerial creatures the gains a higher status in the field of comic literature . Belinda ‘s ‘Sacred Rites' on her dressing table is also treated as a mockery of religious feeling. Her keeping  Bible bedio her cosmetics shows the frivolous women ‘s tendency to make a vain show of their religious habit.

Thus , as the poem by Alexander Pope The Rape of the Lock mostly can be applied with the characteristics of a mock-epic we can conclude saying that this is really a great mock-heroic epic.

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