The Rape of the Lock



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The Rape of the Lock

  • Part I

“An Essay on Man” page 524 Interpretation

  • Man should NOT study
    • God
  • Man should study
    • Man
  • What is man struggling with?
  • Born but to die means?
  • Reasoning but to err? Does this support rationis capax?
  • How can one be Lord and prey?
  • What connection can you make to the idea that man is “The glory, jest, and riddle of the world?
  • Do you agree with Pope’s ideas?

“An Essay on Man” page 524 Antithesis

    • Skeptic’s side; stoic’s pride
    • Act; rest
    • Born; die
    • Reasoning; err
    • Abused; disabuse
    • Half to rise; half to fall
    • Lord of all things; prey to all
    • Truth; error

Pope’s Satire

  • Rape of the Lock
  • Mock epic based on true events
  • Petre family and the Fermor family dispute over a lock of hair is spun into a fantastical adventure tale

Mock Epic

  • A Long, humorous narrative poem that treats a trivial subject in the grand style of a true epic like Homer’s Iliad or Milton’s Paradise Lost.
  • For example, in The Rape of the Lock, Pope applies to the theft of a lady’s lock of hair such epic elements as these:
  • Antithesis—placing side by side, and in similar grammatical structures, strongly contrasting words, clauses, sentences, or ideas.

Pope’s Form

  • Heroic Couplet:
  • Epic elements
    • Boasting speeches of heroes and heroines
    • Elaborate descriptions of warriors and their weapons
    • Involvement of gods and goddesses in the action
    • Epic similes, or elaborate comparisons in the style of Homer that sometimes use the words like, as, or so

Choose one of the following card games and…

    • War
    • Hearts
    • Spades
    • Spit
    • ERS
    • Rummy
    • Gin Rummy
    • Shanghai

Now, revisit your description and personify the cards as if they are really battling it out

  • Which description is more entertaining?
  • Which would you most likely use in real life?

Now Remember…

    • Boasting speeches of heroes and heroines
    • Elaborate descriptions of warriors and their weapons
    • Involvement of gods and goddesses in the action
    • Epic similes, or elaborate comparisons in the style of Homer that sometimes use the words like, as, or so
      • Antithesis—placing side by side, and in similar grammatical structures, strongly contrasting words, clauses, sentences, or ideas.

Setting

  • London; Early 1700's
  • ONE DAY: start as NOON
    • Canto I: Belinda’s residence
    • Canto II: Belinda on a boat traveling up the Thames
    • Canto III-V: Hampton Court—a former residence of King Henry VIII (brief scene in Canto IV in the cave of the Queen of Spleen)

Characters

  • Belinda Beautiful young lady with wondrous hair, two locks of which hang gracefully in curls. 
  • The Baron Young admirer of Belinda who plots to cut off one of her locks.
  • Ariel Belinda's guardian sylph (supernatural creature).
  • Clarissa Young lady who gives the Baron scissors.
  • Umbriel Sprite who enters the cave of the Queen of Spleen to seek help for Belinda. 
  • Queen of Spleen Underworld goddess who gives Umbriel gifts for Belinda.
  • Thalestris Friend of Belinda. Thalestris urges Sir Plume to defend Belinda's honor.
  • Sir Plume Beau of Thalestris. He scolds the Baron.

Canto I

  • What dire offence from am'rous causes springs,
  • What mighty contests rise from trivial things,
  • I sing—This verse to Caryl, Muse! is due:
  • This, ev'n Belinda may vouchsafe to view:
  • Slight is the subject, but not so the praise,
  • If she inspire, and he approve my lays.
  • John Caryl: Pope’s friend who encouraged him to write Rape of the Lock
  • Satire: He doesn’t invoke a goddess he invokes a friend as the muse—a male friend no less—haha!

Four kings in majestry revered

Four fair queens whose hands sustain a flower

Four knaves in garbs succinct

Who are the main characters?

  • Belinda
  • Baron

What is the author’s purpose?

  • To entertain?
  • To ridicule?
  • To record an event?
  • To preach?
  • To scold?
  • To condemn?
  • To criticize?

Rape of the Lock

  • Begins with…
  • Continues with…
  • And I think it will end with…

How can the following scenario be turned into a mock epic?

  • An eight year old child misses the bus.

How can the following scenario be turned into a mock epic?

  • A 17 year old girl needs to find a prom dress.

How can the following scenario be turned into a mock epic?

Epic Elements

  • Epic Convention
  • Lines in The Rape of the Lock
  • Trivial Activity Described
  • epic similes
  • “brave” hero
  • perilous journey
  • existence of the Underworld
  • battle/war
  • appeals to or involvement of gods

Classical Allusions?

  • The epic is handwritten NEATLY or typed in MLA format
  • 0 1 2 3 4 5
  • The glaring errors in the epic
  • 0 1 2 3 4 5
  • The epic includes a first-page header and subsequent page-number headings.
  • 0 1 2 3 4 5
  • The epic has an adequate title, centered on the first page.
  • 0 1 2 3 4 5
  • The epic contains line numbers every five lines to guide the reader.
  • 0 1 2 3 4 5
  • STYLE, GRAMMAR, and MECHANICS: 35 points total
  • 0 1 2 3 4 5
  • The epic has some character development
  • 0 1 2 3 4 5
  • The epic uses elevated language and rhyming couplets
  • 0 1 2 3 4 5
  • The epic uses at least 1 classical allusion
  • 0 1 2 3 4 5
  • The epic demonstrates adequate sentence variety, avoiding run-ons or fragments.
  • 0 1 2 3 4 5
  • The epic has at least 20 lines
  • 0 1 2 3 4 5
  • 0 1 2 3 4 5
  • TOTAL

Who are YOUR main characters? Describe them in Round 1

What is YOUR purpose?

  • To entertain and to ridicule!

TENSION Write your tension in round 2

  • A prom date shows up late; a bowling enthusiast forgets his favorite bowling shoes; a traveling rodeo clown loses his job to robotic rodeo clowns; a dog tries to bite its tail; the search for an every day object; etc. BE CREATIVE! BE UNIQUE!

Epic Elements Round 3—outline your plot

  • Epic Convention
  • What you want to do
  • Trivial Activity Described
  • invocation of a muse
  • Who is your muse?
  • elevated language
  • Rhyming Couplets!
  • epic similes
  • Compare your search to something GRAND
  • “brave” hero
  • Your awesome characters! How are they “heroic”?
  • perilous journey
  • What are they doing? The tension!
  • existence of the Underworld
  • If you want
  • battle/war
  • The tension!
  • appeals to or involvement of gods
  • Classical allusions!
  • description of warriors
  • The tension!


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