History Literature / TheRapeOfTheLock

19th Jun '16 3:45:47 PM Ebrbfureh
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BasedOnATrueStory—in fact, the engagement of Arabella Fermor, a good friend of Pope's, was broken off (and never reconciled) for precisely this reason. Pope was attempting to get her to reconcile to the man who had stolen her hair by both mocking all the SeriousBusiness made about a bit of a curl, and by warning of the unhappiness that comes of being vain and stubborn. He [[DoubleStandard didn't quite get]] that the problem wasn't about her being "vain and stubborn" but about her intended being a JerkAss who led all his friends to mock, belittle, and ridicule her.

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BasedOnATrueStory—in fact, the engagement of Arabella Fermor, a good friend of Pope's, was broken off (and never reconciled) for precisely this reason. Pope was attempting to get her to reconcile to the man who had stolen her hair by both mocking all the SeriousBusiness made about a bit of a curl, and by warning of the unhappiness that comes of being vain and stubborn. He [[DoubleStandard didn't quite get]] that the problem wasn't about her being "vain and stubborn" but about her intended being a JerkAss [[JerkAss Jerkass]] who led all his friends to mock, belittle, and ridicule her.
19th Jun '16 3:42:55 PM Ebrbfureh
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InAWorld where the flirts, coquettes, and heartbreakers are protected by airy Sylphs, Belinda is the Queen Bee of her little court, with suitors at her every hand -- and none as persistent as the Baron. However, one day Ariel, the chief guard of Belinda's honour, gets a premonition that some calamity will strike. Guards are set on all objects of import -- earrings, fans, curls, and petticoats (especially the petticoats) -- but, in an unguarded moment over a coffee cup, the sylphs fail to stop the Baron from stealing a lock of hair -- ''the'' lock of hair that made Belinda's symmetrical coiffure perfect. And so, The Battle Of The Sexes ensues. Will [[SlapSlapKiss Belinda be reconciled to the Baron?]] Or will Ill Humour and Temper Tantrums carry the day?

Regardless, prepare to laugh and be impressed. ''The Rape of the Lock'' is considered to be one of the most important works of literature in the English language--important enough that only it and the works of Creator/WilliamShakespeare himself are allowed to provide names for [[UsefulNotes/TheMoonsOfUranus the moons]] of UsefulNotes/{{Uranus}} according to the International Astronomical Union.

BasedOnATrueStory -- in fact, the engagement of Arabella Fermor, a good friend of Pope's, was broken off (and never reconciled) for precisely this reason. Pope was attempting to get her to reconcile to the man who had stolen her hair by both mocking all the SeriousBusiness made about a bit of a curl, and by warning of the unhappiness that comes of being vain and stubborn. He [[DoubleStandard didn't quite get]] that the problem wasn't about her being "vain and stubborn" but about her intended being a JerkAss who led all his friends to mock, belittle, and ridicule her.

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InAWorld where the flirts, coquettes, and heartbreakers are protected by airy Sylphs, Belinda is the Queen Bee of her little court, with suitors at her every hand -- and hand—and none as persistent as the Baron. However, one day Ariel, the chief guard of Belinda's honour, gets a premonition that some calamity will strike. Guards are set on all objects of import -- earrings, import—earrings, fans, curls, and petticoats (especially the petticoats) -- but, petticoats)—but, in an unguarded moment over a coffee cup, the sylphs fail to stop the Baron from stealing a lock of hair -- ''the'' hair—''the'' lock of hair that made Belinda's symmetrical coiffure perfect. And so, The Battle Of The Sexes ensues. Will [[SlapSlapKiss Belinda be reconciled to the Baron?]] Or will Ill Humour and Temper Tantrums carry the day?

Regardless, prepare to laugh and be impressed. ''The Rape of the Lock'' is considered to be one of the most important works of literature in the English language--important language—important enough that only it and the works of Creator/WilliamShakespeare himself are allowed to provide names for [[UsefulNotes/TheMoonsOfUranus the moons]] of UsefulNotes/{{Uranus}} according to the International Astronomical Union.

BasedOnATrueStory -- in BasedOnATrueStory—in fact, the engagement of Arabella Fermor, a good friend of Pope's, was broken off (and never reconciled) for precisely this reason. Pope was attempting to get her to reconcile to the man who had stolen her hair by both mocking all the SeriousBusiness made about a bit of a curl, and by warning of the unhappiness that comes of being vain and stubborn. He [[DoubleStandard didn't quite get]] that the problem wasn't about her being "vain and stubborn" but about her intended being a JerkAss who led all his friends to mock, belittle, and ridicule her.



* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: [[spoiler: the Lock itself -- it turns into a star at the end, unseen by all but the Muse who inspires Pope.]]

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* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: [[spoiler: the Lock itself -- it itself—it turns into a star at the end, unseen by all but the Muse who inspires Pope.]]



* DefiledForever: Not nearly so grim as usual, but this is how Belinda reacts when her hair is cut. Then again, no one blames her for losing it -- it's only her reaction that makes this a horrible breach of her honour.

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* DefiledForever: Not nearly so grim as usual, but this is how Belinda reacts when her hair is cut. Then again, no one blames her for losing it -- it's it—it's only her reaction that makes this a horrible breach of her honour.



* LongHairIsFeminine: Attacking Belinda's hair counts as attacking Belinda's beauty and person -- even though her hair is still mostly intact. [[ValuesDissonance Justified in that time]], as mentioned in the accompanying letter, women were supposed to be decorative rather than rational.
* MakeUpIsEvil: Downplayed, but Belinda's use of make-up is definitely tweaked. Possibly because fashionable make-up was really extreme at the time -- the ideal look was an impossibly-coloured and proportioned caricature of a woman's face.

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* LongHairIsFeminine: Attacking Belinda's hair counts as attacking Belinda's beauty and person -- even person—even though her hair is still mostly intact. [[ValuesDissonance Justified in that time]], as mentioned in the accompanying letter, women were supposed to be decorative rather than rational.
* MakeUpIsEvil: Downplayed, but Belinda's use of make-up is definitely tweaked. Possibly because fashionable make-up was really extreme at the time -- the time—the ideal look was an impossibly-coloured and proportioned caricature of a woman's face.



* MundaneMadeAwesome: Have we mentioned this? Because the poem is ''made'' of this trope. Never mind the actual hair-cutting -- the protagonist ''getting up in the morning and putting her makeup on'' is described as if it's some kind of epic (pardon the pun) LockAndLoadMontage.

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* MundaneMadeAwesome: Have we mentioned this? Because the poem is ''made'' of this trope. Never mind the actual hair-cutting -- the hair-cutting—the protagonist ''getting up in the morning and putting her makeup on'' is described as if it's some kind of epic (pardon the pun) LockAndLoadMontage.
30th May '16 8:08:27 PM Teakay
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* ThisIsAWorkOfFiction: In an introductory letter attached to later editions, Pope assures Miss Fermor that of ''course'' he didn't base the main character on her, it's just a silly story for young ladies with a sense of ''humor''.
16th May '16 12:21:33 AM Morgenthaler
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Regardless, prepare to laugh and be impressed. ''The Rape of the Lock'' is considered to be one of the most important works of literature in the English language--important enough that only it and the works of Creator/WilliamShakespeare himself are allowed to provide names for [[TheMoonsOfUranus the moons]] of UsefulNotes/{{Uranus}} according to the International Astronomical Union.

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Regardless, prepare to laugh and be impressed. ''The Rape of the Lock'' is considered to be one of the most important works of literature in the English language--important enough that only it and the works of Creator/WilliamShakespeare himself are allowed to provide names for [[TheMoonsOfUranus [[UsefulNotes/TheMoonsOfUranus the moons]] of UsefulNotes/{{Uranus}} according to the International Astronomical Union.
8th Jul '15 1:19:59 AM TARINunit9
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* TraumaticHaircut

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* TraumaticHaircutTraumaticHaircut: Much of the biting satire is built around exaggerating this trope; the "haircut" took a lock of hair about the size of your thumb, yet it's treated like a full-blown Traumatic Scalp-Shaving.
11th Jun '15 1:02:04 PM Specialist290
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* HaveAGayOldTime

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* HaveAGayOldTimeHaveAGayOldTime: As mentioned in the description, the word "rape" in the title is used in the older, more general sense of carrying something off by force against someone's will.
4th May '15 12:01:03 PM nombretomado
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* PimpedOutDress: Pope knows better than to insert lavish descriptions of Belinda's outfits... however, considering that her petticoat alone, with its fifty-sylph guard of honour, is described in terms of which [[ClassicalMythology Achilles]] himself would have been proud, it simply follows that the dress that goes over it is equally sumptuous.

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* PimpedOutDress: Pope knows better than to insert lavish descriptions of Belinda's outfits... however, considering that her petticoat alone, with its fifty-sylph guard of honour, is described in terms of which [[ClassicalMythology [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Achilles]] himself would have been proud, it simply follows that the dress that goes over it is equally sumptuous.
11th Jan '15 7:11:32 PM Micah
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** Which follows with SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped.
* Main/AncestralWeapon: Belinda's hair-pin, passed down from her great-great-grandfather.

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** Which follows with SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped.
* Main/AncestralWeapon: AncestralWeapon: Belinda's hair-pin, passed down from her great-great-grandfather.
11th Jan '15 7:10:57 PM Micah
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* LawOfDisproportionateResponse: Actually addressed. The narrator contrasts the oh-so-superficial and hedonistic world of the court against the realities of crime, punishment, and illness that are happening to the unwashed masses at the same time as a SeriousBusiness card game is underway. And then, when Belinda's hair is cut, she pretty much treats it as TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, as do all her sympathizers.
** This is no coincidence, as this story mocks the classical Epic, applying all its tropes to mundane situations.

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* LawOfDisproportionateResponse: Actually addressed. The narrator contrasts the oh-so-superficial and hedonistic world of the court against the realities of crime, punishment, and illness that are happening to the unwashed masses at the same time as a SeriousBusiness card game is underway. And then, when Belinda's hair is cut, she pretty much treats it as TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, as do all her sympathizers.
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sympathizers. This is no coincidence, as this story mocks the classical Epic, applying all its tropes to mundane situations.



* MakeUpIsEvil: Downplayed, but Belinda's use of make-up is definitely tweaked.
** Possibly because fashionable make-up was really extreme at the time -- the ideal look was an impossibly-coloured and proportioned caricature of a woman's face

to:

* MakeUpIsEvil: Downplayed, but Belinda's use of make-up is definitely tweaked.
**
tweaked. Possibly because fashionable make-up was really extreme at the time -- the ideal look was an impossibly-coloured and proportioned caricature of a woman's faceface.
11th Jan '15 7:10:08 PM Micah
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* ChristianityIsCatholic: Invoked, somewhat. Belinda is described as wearing a large white cross, and this is to point out that she is proudly Catholic -- which would have made her an oddity in Augustan England.
** As was Alexander Pope himself, unsurprisingly.
** This is why Pope cared so much that the couple got back together--as aristocratic Catholic families ("recusants" in the parlance of the time) in early 18th-century England, this left them with a very small pool of potential spouses, so throwing away one fiance could mean being on the shelf for good.
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