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The Rape of the Lock

Alexander Pope


Study Questions

Suggestions for Further Reading

1. Who is Shock?

2. At what time do “sleepless lovers” awake in this poem?

3. Who inspires Belinda’s dream in the first canto?

4. To what are Belinda’s eyes repeatedly compared?

5. To what do the four types of supernatural beings correspond?

6. What does Belinda wear around her neck?

7. Where is the party held?

8. Who wins the hand of ombre?

9. What beverage is served after the card game ends?

10. Who arms the Baron with a pair of scissors?

11. Who gets accidentally cut by the scissors?

12. Whither does Umbriel journey?

13. What does Thalestris think the Baron will do with the lock?

14. What effect does Sir Plume’s speech have on the Baron?

15. What happens to the lock of hair at the end of the poem?

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Consider the poem ‘The Rape of the Lock’ as a mock-heroic epic.

by touhidsm, April 29, 2014

Mock epic is a narrative poem which aims at mockery and laughter by using almost all the characteristic features of an epic but for a trivial subject. Alexander Pope’s “The Rape of the Lock” is a famous mock-epic. In it, there is invocation to Muses, proposition of subject, battles, supernatural machinery, journey on water, underworld journey, long speeches, feasts (coffee house), Homeric similes and grand style but all for a simple family dispute instead of a national struggle. The grand treatment of a low subject produces hilarious l... Read more


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Discuss on the character of Belinda.

by touhidsm, April 29, 2014

Ans: Having a Cleopatra-like variety, Belinda is the one who is all pervasive and central character in Alexander Pope's mock heroic, "The Rape of the Lock". Pope's attitude to Belinda is very mixed and complicated: mocking and yet tender, admiring and yet critical. Read the full answer at

Q. "The Rape of the Lock" is a satire on contemporary society – justify your answer.

by touhidsm, May 03, 2014

Ans: The word ‘satire’ is derived from the Latin word ‘satira’ which is a literary attack on the follies and vices of an individual or a society with a view to correcting them through laughter and ridicule written either in prose or verse. However, as Shakespeare is the poet of man, Alexander Pope is a poet of society. “The Rape of the Lock” is a social document because it mirrors contemporary society and contains a social satire, too. Read the full answer Free at


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