These women give Umbriel abag full of “sighs, sobs, and passions, and the war oftongues”(Line 84) andadded the gift of a vial of “soft sorrows, melting griefs, and glowingtears”(Line 87). These “weapons” are the female wiles thatcause the epicbattle between Belinda and the Baron. Pope ends the poem stating thatBelinda’s lock will go to heaven with her name inscribed on it so thateveryonewill know her name. In the final analysis, the scales are tipped in favor of the comical: thereader of the poem is impressed by the sheer force of the humor, and thegrandstyle serves to exaggerate the ridiculous. The laughter and ridicule do notundermine the importance of good sense and virtue in the relations betweenmen and women.
In conclusion, “The Rape of the Lock” is indeed a mock-heroic toindicate to Arabella Fermor and Lord Petre that they should not worry abouttrivial things such as the “rape” of one’s lock. “The Rape ofthe Lock” is anexample of how Pope fuses both the classical world with his modern world..History