It is a fact agreed upon that literature whether orient or occident undoubtedly remains to be the expression of life. Literature deals with the domains of human life which can be social, political, cultural, economic, and religious in nature. There are works like Everyman in His Humor by Ben Jonson, 1984 by George Orwell, Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazer, Les Misérables by Victor Hugo, and The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri which reflect in a very beautiful manner and with the essence of universality; the issues of their society by means of words. Similarly, The Rape of the Lock (1714) by Alexander Pope remains to be a literary work of great reputation because of the important social issues he has addressed by means of wit, irony, and humor in form of a mock-epic as Henry Fielding did in his novel Joseph Andrews which remains well known as the social document of English society.
The Rape of the Lock deals with the issues of vanity, frivolity, conceit, pride and the indulgence of elite of the English society in trivial matters of love, romance, sexuality and flirtation. In the mock-heroic form and by means of wit and humor, Pope has both implicitly and explicitly ravished the immoral values of the rich (both men and women) and judiciary. Belinda stands out to be the representative of women whereas The Baron represents rich men.
He starts by arguing the point:
In tasks so bold little men engage,
And in soft bosoms dwell such mighty rage
Pope has portrayed belles to be indulged in the trivial matters such as all day long sleeping, spending useless time in grooming, playing cards, trips to Hyde Park and Hampton Court and indulging in sexual relations with men. As far as beaus are concerned he portrays them indulged in same trivial matters of writing billet-doux, playing cards and love making. Apparently, from the epic-plot it seems...