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1 “The Rape of the Lock”

2 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

3 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: –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.

4 Pope’s Form Heroic Couplet: –2 rhymed lines of iambic pentameter –“closed” if they represent a complete sentence. (ex. “For lo! The board with cups and spoons is crowned, The berries crackle, and the mill turns round!” (lines ) 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

5 Imagine any game as though it is personified as if the cards are really battling it out Which description is more entertaining? Which would you most likely use in real life?

6 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.

7 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.

8 What is the author’s purpose? To entertain? To ridicule? To record an event? To preach? To scold? To condemn? To criticize?

9 Rape of the Lock How are mundane events portrayed in a grand fashion? What is the overall effect of the grand scale of this poem? How does this poem represents satire?

10 How can the following scenario be turned into a mock epic? An eight year old child misses the bus.

11 How can the following scenario be turned into a mock epic? A 17 year old girl needs to find a prom dress.

12 How can the following scenario be turned into a mock epic? A man has run out of milk for his morning cereal

13 Epic Elements Epic Convention invocation of a muse elevated language epic similes “brave” hero perilous journey existence of the Underworld battle/war appeals to or involvement of gods description of warriors


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