The Rape Of The Lock as a social satire.

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      The Rape Of The Lock is a poem in which Alexander Pope shows himself empathetically as the spokesman of his age. This poem pictures, the artificial tone of the age and the frivolous aspect of femininity. We see in this poem the elegans and the emptiness, the meanness and the vanity, the jealousies, treacherous and intrigues of the social life of the aristocracy of the 18th century.

Social satire at the very outset we become acquainted with the idleness late rising and fondness for domestic pets of the aristocratic ladies of that time.
The Rape Of The Lock

      As a social satire at the very outset we become acquainted with the idleness late rising and fondness for domestic pets of the aristocratic ladies of that time. Belinda woke up at the hour of twelve and then falls asleep again. At the same time we also become acquainted about the superficiality of the ladies who loved gilded chariots loved the game of ombre and cards.

      Aristocratic ladies treated there dressing table as their chief concern. The women of the time felt glad to receive love letters. Levity was the hallmark there manners being totally artificial and affected. On those days a frail China jar receiving crack is equated with a lady's losing her chastity. A lady's staining her honour is considered as serious as staining new necklace. And loosing a necklace, and the death of a lap dog or the barking of a rich vessel was as serious matter to the lady as the death of her husband. All those vanities is and trifles on the part of the contemporary 18th century aristocratic ladies have well been scratched in the poem represented by Belinda.

      The aristocratic young man of the time were like the ladies, lacking in any serious purpose or morality. There was a keen competition among them to win feminine flavours. The life of the contemporary lords was as empty and shallow as the life of the ladies. The shallowness and superficiality of the time where also clear from the kind of gossip that went on at the court. Card parties where common, ombre was the favourite game among Lords and ladies, coffee drinking was another most important diversion of the time.

      In The Rape Of The Lock we are given a satirical picture of judges and jury members and merchants. Besides this there are found innumerable references in the poem which are closed connected to contemporary 18th century England. For instance, references are made of Hyde Park Circus, The Mall, Rosamonda's Lake. The name of the well known 18th century astrology Partridge and Hampton court and many others this is how Pope has described the contemporary 18th century in his mock heroic epic.

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