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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.

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1 The Rape of the Lock Part I

2 “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?

3 “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

4 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

5 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.

6 Pope’s Form Heroic Couplet: –2 rhymed lines of iambic pentameter –“closed” if they represent a complete sentence. 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

7 Choose one of the following card games and… Describe the rules and how you play the game— if you have never played any of these, then describe a card game you do know how to play. –War –Hearts –Spades –Spit –ERS –Rummy –Gin Rummy –Shanghai

8 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?

9 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.

10 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)

11 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.

12 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!

13 Four kings in majestry revered

14 Four fair queens whose hands sustain a flower

15 Four knaves in garbs succinct

16 Who are the main characters? BelindaBaron

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

18 Rape of the Lock Begins with… Continues with… And I think it will end with…

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

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

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

22 Epic Elements Epic ConventionLines in The Rape of the Lock Trivial Activity Described 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

23 Classical Allusions?

24 FORMAT: 25 points total The epic is handwritten NEATLY or typed in MLA format The glaring errors in the epic The epic includes a first-page header and subsequent page-number headings The epic has an adequate title, centered on the first page The epic contains line numbers every five lines to guide the reader STYLE, GRAMMAR, and MECHANICS: 35 points total The epic has a complete story line The epic has some character development The epic uses elevated language and rhyming couplets The epic uses at least 1 classical allusion The epic demonstrates adequate sentence variety, avoiding run-ons or fragments The epic has at least 20 lines The epic has an appropriate tone and is about something insignificant TOTAL

25 Who are YOUR main characters? Describe them in Round 1

26 What is YOUR purpose? To entertain and to ridicule!

27 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!

28 Epic Elements Round 3—outline your plot Epic ConventionWhat you want to doTrivial 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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