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Explain The Free Will in The Rape of The Lock Alexander Popes The Rape of the Lock raises inquiry as to whether or not the protagonist Belinda has free will Some critics argue that Belinda does have liberty of choice because she is faced with a moral decision presented to her by the sylphs Conversely others contest that Belinda is influenced by the sylphs and therefore has limited or no say in her decisions No matter how exquisite the sylphan machinery it must be recognized as demonic In tempting Belinda to transcend the flesh and blood world by life long chasity Ariel proffers her a satanic substitute for Christianity complete with a doctrine of immortality psalmody and cosmology Ariel promises that if she is faithful to his doctrine of coquetry the sylphs will keep her safe from the treacherous friend the daring spark In the glance by day the whisper in the dark thus the choice I 73-74 Since Belinda is presented with a decision one could ascertain that Belinda does have liberty of choice This particular instance of free will can be looked upon as a moral decision Moreover the metaphoric activity of the poem constituted a the prideful image of Belinda as part of an independent world and female society thus implicating her in a self-sufficient scheme Belinda is imagined as the ruling sun a deity who creates order on command Let spades be Trumps she said And trumps they were III 46 As goddess of pride she receives offerings from the entire world because she is its supreme deity To the world she governs the cup and coffee are Chinas Earth and its Smoking Tyde III 110 for her all Arabia breathes from yonder box I 134 and the Hindu emblem of the world the elephant mounted on the tortoise becomes her ivory and tortoise shell comb Female society is an entire planetary system and just as Belinda is her own
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