From the opening lines, it immediately becomes clear that Belinda is the central character. As has been indicated above, she is flirtatiously inclined. Thalestris easily overcomes many of the men during the fight over the lock, in which the women are the aggressors. . When the sylphs warn her of the approaching scissors and the danger to her hair, she seems to be indifferent to the warning.
Her dog licks her and she gets up every day from her all prophesied purity. From each she nicely culls with curious Toil, And decks the Goddess with the glitt'ring Spoil, This Casket India's glowing Gems unlocks, And all Arabia breathes from yonder Box. Every educated person of Pope's day knew epic poetry really well, better even than you know the lyrics to the latest Katy Perry single. The speech in the following lines imitates Iliad 12. Belinda's own image, of course 125. Here Files of Pins extend their shining Rows, Puffs, Powders, Patches, Bibles, Billet-doux. Though everyone, including the lapdogs, has risen, remains asleep.
Arabella Fermor: Madam, It will be in vain to deny that I have some regard for this piece, since I dedicate it to You. This to disclose is all thy Guardian can. He displays great ingenuity and wit in his skillful compression of ideas. The character of Belinda has created much controversy since the publication of the poem. In The Rape of the Lock, Pope depicts a society all-too-willing to worship beauty, which he depicts as religious perversion.
What Wonder then, fair Nymph! Then gay Ideas crowd the vacant Brain; While Peers and Dukes, and all their sweeping Train, And Garters, Stars, and Coronets appear, And in soft Sounds, Your Grace salutes their Ear. Pope focuses on the flaws and weaknesses of woman and uses this as an explanation and justification for womens secondary status in society. Historians call it the age of. Despite our readiness to dismiss this life as useless and worthless, it is possible to see that these women took their roles and duties very seriously. Her Joy in gilded Chariots, when alive, And Love of Ombre, after Death survive. Your Grace, the proper mode of address to a duke or duchess.
When she first prepares herself at the toilette, she puts on her face with the assurance that she can use her feminine appeal like a weapon, a force to reckon with. Beauty becomes very important, as do appearances- both physical and social. He expertly balanced the two lines, often using a slight pause at the end of the first line and a heavy stop at the end of the second line. For a short description of just how good, see our guide to a snippet from one of his later poems,. The Sylphs are actually honor, as Ariel points out—and such a definition at once satirizes the social perception of chastity. We see a picture of a male blinded by the unrequited love a supposedly coquettish woman. Through her, Pope describes the flippancy and depravity of the English society of his day.
Bettoni — via Google Books. You did know that the British Empire was getting larger and more powerful all throughout the eighteenth century, didn't you? Masi — via Google Books. The first possibility in each of these pairs of calamities shows that Belinda is not likely to exercise sufficient caution in protecting her maidenly purity. Although condemning the 'beau-monde' for its triviality and lack of proper moral values, Pope is sensitive to the plight of the human beings caught up in its 'rat-race'. Thus Belinda, in worshipping at the shrine of beauty, quite naturally worships herself.
She deceives others as she deceives herself. All in all, Popes characterization of women and his satirical telling of this incident paint a very negative picture of women. Then her locks are raped by the Baron. Minos, although the enemy of Nisus, was shocked at this act of impiety, and left her. Petre had cut off a without permission, and the consequent argument had created a breach between the two families. Oft when the World imagine Women stray, The Sylphs thro' mystick Mazes guide their Way, Thro' all the giddy Circle they pursue, And old Impertinence expel by new. Like Cleopatra her physical charms makes even religious sanctity irrelevant.
With varying Vanities, from ev'ry Part, They shift the moving Toyshop of their Heart; Where Wigs with Wigs, with Sword-knots Sword-knots strive, Beaus banish Beaus, and Coaches Coaches drive. This is a clear indication of the fact that beautifying herself is like a religious rite for her. According to Pope's poem, these members of society are only interested in trivial matters, a point which he punctuates in his depiction of the card game as an epic battle. She does not seem to have any intellectual interest. Everyone can plainly see that Belinda has this major defect. Belinda does not realise that this day of victory would soon be converted into a day of disgrace for her, though the disgrace would be as trivial as the victory.
Pope writes an epigraph, directed to the lady involved, Ms. He spoke, and speaking, in proud Triumph spread The long-contended Honours of her Head. The speaker concludes his invocation by asking the muse to explain first why a lord of good-breeding would assault a lady and, secondly, why a lady would reject a lord. The virtue of beauty in this poem can not be overstated. Belinda cares a fig for religion. Belinda cannot enter the battlefield of love without these weapons, and so relies on them to help her appear more beautiful.