In Pope’s "An Essay on Man," how does the speaker cast humankind’s relationship to both God and His creation? Support your answer with examples from the text. 

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Pope begins by saying that that the purpose of his essay is to “vindicate the ways of God to man,” and poses an essential question: “Is the great chain, that draws all to agree, / And drawn supports, upheld by God, or thee?” The “great chain” is the Great Chain of Being, or the order of things in universe; Pope’s contention in the Essay is that man occupies a middle place, below God and the angels, but above the beasts. While the universe may appear to be chaotic and inscrutable, that is only because our understanding of it is imperfect because of our position in the chain of being; from God’s point of view, the universe is rational and governed by natural laws, and is in fact a work of perfection. As Pope puts in the first section of the first Epistle,  

He [God], who through vast immensity can pierce,
See worlds on worlds compose one universe,
Observe how system into system runs,
What other...

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