How does "The Rape of the Lock" reflect 18th century society?        

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In one sense, the answer to this question is fairly straightforward: Pope's The Rape of the Lock (1714), which he subtitled "An Heroi-Comical Poem in Five Canto's"—that is, a mock epic—was written at the request of his friend John Caryll to defuse what had become a serious dispute between two upper-class families caused by the cutting of a lock of a young woman's hair by a minor aristocrat who might or might not have been interested in marrying her. The fight between the families was complicated by their religion. Because they were Catholics in a predominantly Protestant country, and Pope was also Catholic, there were concerns that this frivolous dispute would cast another shadow on Catholics, especially because the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715 was brewing in Scotland to dethrone the Protestant king, George III. Pope, who is considered one of the greatest satirists of the eighteenth century—biting satire his specialty—could not forego the chance to not only defuse the dispute between...

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