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rape of the lock

rape of the lock as a mock epic or not?


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It is absolutely a mock epic; it is designed to satirize a real-life quarrel over the behavior of a man who truly did cut off a lock of a girl's hair.  The famly was in the upper class and Pope made fun of their ridiculous argument using the heroic couplets and the structure of an epic.