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The Scale of Values in Alexander Pope's Poem The Rape of the Lock I found Alexander Pope's "The Rape of the Lock" a beautiful, amusing poem. During the poem, trivialities are contrasted with events and items or outcome along with the insignificant is treated with utmost significance. Its very title gives the reader a direct hint; "rape" and all its connotations bring to mind a gruesome crime of physical and spiritual breach. Maybe this description may apply to the theft of a lock of hair, but only in a world where ordinary morals are perverted. This skewed scale of values is shown repeatedly through the poem, and also supporting this alternative world are the sylphs. As the souls of former coquettes, the sylphs exist only to preserve and perpetuate Belinda's attractiveness and coquetry. As I read this piece, I had been delighted by the absurdity of Belinda's universe along with the effort exerted by the sylphs in maintaining this type of inconsequence. Delightful in and of itself is your explanation for this sylph-forming procedure. Sylph Ariel claims to Belinda, "Think not, when woman's transient breath is fled, '' That all her vanities at once are dead: / [...] The mild coquettes in sylphs aloft repair" (1.52-53, 65). Luckily, after a woman expires, the flirt resides. We might all be ensured of the miraculous triumph of the inconsequential. Ariel continues, "Her pleasure at gilded chariots, when living, / And enjoy of ombre, after death survive" (1.55-56). Assessing these temporal pleasures really isn't the only pastime of the sylph; preserving the coquettish means of life is equally important. Ariel refers to Belinda since "Fairest of mortals, thou distinguished attention/ Of thousand smart people of atmosphere" (1.27-28). Belinda is the center of the univers...