Analysis Of Alexander Pope 's Rape Of The Lock Essay

956 Words Nov 15th, 2015 4 Pages
Vanity has played a part in culture forever, the way people look can determine popularity or even a potential suitor. Business and commerce has been shown to capitalize on this sense of vanity each person beholds making for a more optimized marketplace. Belinda, the protagonist in Alexander Pope’s Rape of the Lock, has completely immersed herself as well as her essence and identity in the vainness of perfect appearance whilst her sylphs continue suit. Pope’s portrayal of Belinda’s vanity is sharp allegory for commerce and consumerism in the Stuart marketplace. The importance of vanity was highly stressed and impacted the way commerce was handled, with people putting forth all efforts, whether that is time, money, or self-worth, in appearance, and it has affected every aspect of life. In Alexander Pope’s satirical Rape of the Lock, Cantos 2, lines 91-110, Pope, through the use of juxtaposition of the Sylph 's values, brings light to Stuart culture and the perceived importance of things, portraying how commerce was handled in this time. The sylphs neglect any other sort of duty except to provide care to Belinda’s appearance with Ariel claiming in the very beginning of the passage that: “Our humbler province is to tend the Fair” (Pope 91). In the previous passage, Ariel speaks about the sylph’s duty to guard the British Throne as well as a variety of other important worldly duties that don’t seem to be taken lightly. It appears that the sylphs have some extremely important…

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