A 15 page research paper that examines Alexander Pope's eighteenth century mock-heroic epic poem The Rape of the Lock from the perspective of feminist theory. The writer argues that Pope addressed the topic of feminine beauty, its significance and artifice. While Pope satirizes the use of cosmetics in regards to Belinda's beauty, he also pictures beauty, regardless of how it is achieved, as a source of feminine power. An examination of Pope's The Rape of the Lock within the framework of feminist theory demonstrates several points that are relevant both to understanding Pope's intent and also the thrust of feminism in contemporary society. Bibliography lists 13 sources.
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