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THE RAPE OF LOCK: A SOCIAL
SATIRE
ALEXANDER POPE: LIFE AND WORK
• Born on May 21 1688 in London, England
• Roman Catholic Family
• Life “As disease”
• Inspi...
SATIRE AND ITS CLASSIFICATION
• “a literary work holding up human vices and
follies to ridicule or scorn”
• “a way of usin...
SATIRE AND ITS CLASSIFICATION
• Satire is classified in the following two
categories
– Juvenalian
• Serious, Harsh and bit...
ELEMENTS OF SATIRE
• Exaggeration
• Irony
• Sarcasm
• Understatement
THE RAPE OF LOCK: GENERAL INTRODUCTION
• Two aristocrat Roman Catholic Families in
friendship
• Lord Petre and Lady Arabel...
THE RAPE OF LOCK: SOCIAL SATIRE
• Pope, in “The Rape of Lock”, satirizes the
following aspects of that society
– Young Gir...
YOUNG GIRLS AND BOYS
“Now Lap-dogs give themselves the rowzing Shake,
And sleepless Lovers, just at Twelve, awake:”
“A bea...
NATURE OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES
• Pope also satirizes of the husbands and wives of that
days. Husbands always suspect their w...
JUSTICE AND JUDGES
• Pope says that judges signs their documents
of decisions in great hurry
“The hungry judges soon the s...
Fashionable Ladies
• Pope also ridicules the women’s excessive
attention of self embellishment and self
decoration of a fa...
QUEEN IS SATIRIZED
• Queen herself is satirized to produce a truly
comical and witty effect
Here thou, a great Anna whom t...
FRIENDSHIP
• The concept of friendship has been satirized.
Friends are hollow and fickle. As soon as
Belinda’s reputation ...
CONCLUSION
• On the base of the upper discussed pints it
could be concluded that “The Rape of Lock” is
social satire. It i...
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The rape of lock a social satire

  1. 1. THE RAPE OF LOCK: A SOCIAL SATIRE
  2. 2. ALEXANDER POPE: LIFE AND WORK • Born on May 21 1688 in London, England • Roman Catholic Family • Life “As disease” • Inspired by Greek writers specially Horace. • Self taught • Start to write when he was only 12 years old • Poet of Society • Most famous work is “The Rape of Lock” • Translated the Greek writings. • Died on May 30, 1744 in the age of 56
  3. 3. SATIRE AND ITS CLASSIFICATION • “a literary work holding up human vices and follies to ridicule or scorn” • “a way of using humor to show that someone or something is foolish, weak, bad, etc. : humor that shows the weaknesses or bad qualities of a person, government, society, etc.”
  4. 4. SATIRE AND ITS CLASSIFICATION • Satire is classified in the following two categories – Juvenalian • Serious, Harsh and bitter in tone – Horatian • Handles the situation with smiles, light hearted
  5. 5. ELEMENTS OF SATIRE • Exaggeration • Irony • Sarcasm • Understatement
  6. 6. THE RAPE OF LOCK: GENERAL INTRODUCTION • Two aristocrat Roman Catholic Families in friendship • Lord Petre and Lady Arabella Fermor fall in love • Peter cut Arabella’s hair lock • Relationship between two families cooled down. • Mr. John Caryll asked Pope’s to write a poem • Pope accepted to do this job. He wrote “The Rape of Lock”
  7. 7. THE RAPE OF LOCK: SOCIAL SATIRE • Pope, in “The Rape of Lock”, satirizes the following aspects of that society – Young Girls and Boys – Nature of Husbands and wives – Justice and Judges – Fashionable Ladies – Queen is Satirized – Friendship
  8. 8. YOUNG GIRLS AND BOYS “Now Lap-dogs give themselves the rowzing Shake, And sleepless Lovers, just at Twelve, awake:” “A beau and witling perished in the throng, One died in metaphor, and one in song.”
  9. 9. NATURE OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES • Pope also satirizes of the husbands and wives of that days. Husbands always suspect their wives. • Wives are also not virtuous at all. They love their lap- dogs more than their husbands “Not louder shrieks to pitying Heave are cast, When husbands, or when lapdogs breathe their last;”
  10. 10. JUSTICE AND JUDGES • Pope says that judges signs their documents of decisions in great hurry “The hungry judges soon the sentence sign, And wretches hang that jurymen may dine”
  11. 11. Fashionable Ladies • Pope also ridicules the women’s excessive attention of self embellishment and self decoration of a famous satirical passage “Here Files of Pins extend their shining Rows, Puffs, Powders, Patches, Bibles, Billet-doux.”
  12. 12. QUEEN IS SATIRIZED • Queen herself is satirized to produce a truly comical and witty effect Here thou, a great Anna whom three realms obey Dost sometimes counsel take – and sometimes tea
  13. 13. FRIENDSHIP • The concept of friendship has been satirized. Friends are hollow and fickle. As soon as Belinda’s reputation is gone, Thalestris doesn’t like to be called her friend.
  14. 14. CONCLUSION • On the base of the upper discussed pints it could be concluded that “The Rape of Lock” is social satire. It is said the “Poet is the representation of his/her age”. This saying is so true for Pope. He, in the Rape of Lock, amazingly pertained and satirized the follies and vices of the 18th century.

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