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CULT OF BEAUTY Rape of the Lock. Say, why are Beauties prais'd and honour'd most, The Wise Man's Passion, and the Vain Man's Toast? (Pope ln. 9-10)

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1 CULT OF BEAUTY Rape of the Lock

2 Say, why are Beauties prais'd and honour'd most, The Wise Man's Passion, and the Vain Man's Toast? (Pope ln. 9-10)

3 Cult: zealous obsession directed at a particular figure or object; fetishized ideology; irrational reverence Pope asks, what is the cult of beauty doing to our world? THE CULT OF BEAUTY

4 The cult of beauty is a social paradox because it simultaneously bestows and undermines the power of people THESIS

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6 Arming Scene rife with ritual: The inferior priestess, at her altars side, / Trembling begins the sacred rites of Pride. (ln ) Now awful Beauty puts on all its arms. (ln. 139) Puffs, powders, patches, Bibles, billet-doux. (ln. 138) BEAUTY BESTOWS POWER

7 Fair nymphs and well-dressed youths around her shone, / But every eye was fixed on her alone. / On her white breast a sparkling cross she wore, / Which Jews might kiss, and infidels adore. (Pope Canto 2, ln. 5-8) BEAUTY BESTOWS POWER Cult:

8 MODERN EXAMPLE

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11 Methinks already I your tears survey, / Already hear the horrid things they say, / Already see you a degraded toast, / And all your honor in a whisper lost! (Pope Canto 4, ln )

12 (Degraded Toast)

13 Baron cutting lock undermines Belindas power : Oh, had I rather unadmired remained / In some lone isle, or distant northern land; / Where the gilt chariot never marks the way, / Where none learn ombre, none eer taste bohea! / There kept my charms concealed from mortal eye, / Like roses that in deserts bloom and die. (Pope Canto 4, ln ) BEAUTY UNDERMINES POWER

14 Oh, hadst thou, cruel! Been content to seize / Hairs less in sight, or any hairs but these! (Pope Canto 5, ) Because beauty was what had defined her, she easily fell from her pedestal - her altar - into devastation. BEAUTY UNDERMINES POWER

15 Not chronological (empower, then undermine) In Arming scene, Belinda empowers herself and undermines herself simultaneously Getting beautiful, but wasting time Power doesnt come from self, but from outside BEAUTY BESTOWS AND UNDERMINES AT THE SAME TIME

16 We cant fix it. Everyone knows the solution, but no one does it SO WHAT?

17 Have some toast! HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


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