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Alexander Pope's Essay On Man

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Alexander Pope's Essay on Man - Man is Never Satisfied

Alexander Pope's Essay on Man is a philosophical poem, written, characteristically in heroic couplet. It is an attempt to justify and vindicate
the ways of God to man. It’s also a warning that man himself is not as in his
pride, he seems to believe the center of all things. Eventhough not truly
Christian, the essay makes implicit assumption that man has fallen and that
he must seek his own salvation. Pope sets out to demonstrate that no matter
how imperfect complex and disturbingly full evil the universe may appear to
be, it does function in a rational fashion, according to natural laws and is in
fact considered as a whole perfect work of God. It appears unsatisfy to us
only because our perceptions are limited by our feeble moral and intellectual
capacity.

God is perfect and he created man is his image yet man is always
unsatisfied. We utter our body parts to make it look perfect to us. The use of
weak and blind in the essay tells how man is unsatisfied not be able to see
things his way and hence making him unhappy. If any misfortunes in our
life’s we still think is the cause of God, as stated in the Essay of man,
“Rejudge his justice, be the God of God (Pope, 122). Life seems chaotic and
patternless to man when he is in the midst of it. Man has sun and forest
around him, which he takes advantage of for food shelter and...

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