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Part of the beauty of Alexander Pope's " The Rape Of The Lock" lies in his beautiful use of symnolism. The use of symbolism can be seen at the level of character, setting, events and objects. In the following paragraphs we shall in greater details examine this assertion.

   Hampton Court in the poem, located near beautiful meadows is a royal palace which symbolizes the affluence of nobility. Here the nobles converge and indulge in social merriment like smoking, dancing, gambling and gossiping as this was the voque of that epoch. It is here that the Beauty Queen, Belinda, challenges two knights in a game of Ombre. This setting, Hampton Court is symbolic because it brings together people of noble birth who interact as a social class resulting in the conflicts we find in the poem.

   Again, Pope depicts The Cave Of Spleen as a symbol of melancholy, I'll humor and distress. The description of this cave leaves the readers of the poem with eerie feelings as a prototype of Lucifer's hell. It is with evil influence from this cave that Belinda is transformed from a lady of good humour to that of affliction. In this cave we see mist rising mingled with dreadful rising ghost that are haunted by visions of hell. A visit to this underworld, he reveals to us disembodied spirits as well as gaping tombs and blazing fires. These details create in the readers the expected feelings of fear, melancholy and I'll humour intended by Alexander Pope.

   Pope equally makes use of symbolic characters in "The Rape Of The Lock." Belinda the heroine for instance, symbolizes beauty. Pope presents her as an incarnation of perfection ranked as the most beautiful lady among mortals. Her enchanting and superlative beauty marked by her curly locks of hair push The Baron to worship and adore her as a goddess and would even be contented with a lock of her hair even if he cannot win her love. Belinda's enchanting beauty is further taken to an epic dimension by all the spirits of makeup that simply polish her up with human assistance from her maid Betty. The result of all these makeup, added to her natural beauty is that she qualifies as a queen of beauty. As such Belinda symbolizes beauty in "The Rape Of The Lock."

   Betty is a character in Pope's poem, "The Rape Of The Lock" who symbolizes loyalty. From the beginning to the end of the story she remains loyal to her mistress Belinda. She is an inferior priestess who stands by Belinda's alter of beauty and assists her in her transformation to a beauty with her makeup kids. This loyalty to her mistress erns her the praise when the sylphs accomplish their task of beautifying Belinda. Unlike Clarissa who ends up betraying Belinda by providing the Baron with the scissors he used to cut off Belinda's lock, Betty remains loyal to her mistress to the end.

   Finally Objects such as the pair of scissors provided by Clarissa to cut off Belinda's hair symbolizes destruction. This weapon destroys not only Belinda's hair but irreparably destroys her beauty. This same pair of scissors cuts not only a sylph into two parts but equally destroys the hitherto fraternal relationship between Belinda and the Baron. Here we can therefore see that the scissors is a symbol of destruction in " The Rape Of The Luck."

    From the discussion above, we can therefore conclude that Alexander Pope makes elaborate use of symbolism in "The Rape Of The Lock."

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