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Inthe epic poem, The Rape of the Lock byAlexander Pope, he is able to use a conflict between two high-ranking Catholicfamilies into a social statement. When Pope initially wrote this poem, it wasbased off of true events that had happened when someone had snip a lock of hair.He initially wrote this poem to add humor to a situation to alter the mind ofhis readers by adding light. There could be two perspectives when reading thisepic poem. One perspective is that some of the readers will make the situationof a loss of hair a bigger deal than it should be. While other readers willunderstand the sense of humor in the “prank” that was pulled and understandthat hair grows back. In this poem, Pope also tries to make Belinda feel betterabout the loss of her hair. While Nymphs take Treats, orAssignations give,So long my Honour, Name, and Praiseshall live!What Time wou’d spare, from Steelreceives its date,And Monuments, like Men, submit toFate!Steel cou’d the Labour of the Godsdestroy,And strike to Dust th’ ImperialTow’rs of Troy.

Steel cou’d the Works of mortal Prideconfound,And hew Triumphal Arches to theGround.What Wonder then, fair Nymph! thyHairs shou’d feelThe conqu’ring Force of unresistedSteel? (Pope).Inthese lines, Pope does his best to emphasize how it is important to always lookat the bigger picture of things and to never stress about the littlest ofthings such as a lock of hair because there are bigger things to worry moreabout. He also makes sure to let Belinda know that she should not feel bad abouther loss of hair because there was no way to prevent the “steel” scissors.

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Whenthinking of this written satire and comparing it to modern politics it fails tocompare to America’s daily news.             When it comes to modern politicstoday, what is mostly being talked about is President Trump wanting to build awall to keep certain immigrants out. To do this, there needs to be funds tobuild this big wall but I believe there are larger issues such as childrengoing hungry. There are never any articles about how many children are goingwithout any meal daily. Although, if there is news about this, it really does notstay on the trending topics very long as people care more about what Trump issaying or wants to do. There is not much in the news about how we can change this.

In this CNN article written by Thom Patterson, the answer to this is that “there’stoo many government health restrictions that force restaurants to throw awayfood instead of donating it to the needy” (Patterson). If there was a law aboutrestaurants giving away the food to homeless shelters, there would be less startingchildren. The written satire does not successfully challenge modern life astoday we have the same issues. People still care more about smaller situationsthan the bigger ones. But as for a political news, in Pope’s time the biggestnews was about Baron cutting off a lock of Belinda’s hair versus building awall to keep people out. But, all of the same, it is the same issues that isgoing on even today.

People are still caring about the smallest issues instead ofthe bigger ones. 


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