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In Alexander Popes An Essay on Man he depicts mans recognition of his actual role in the universe versus his perceived role that is dominated by pride passion and envy Pope writes that man is the great chain that draws all to agree And drawn supports upheld by God or thee II 33-34 In this excerpt Pope implies that man is part of a scheme the great chain of being that has its place in the universe So Man who here seems principal alone Perhaps acts second to some sphere unknown Touches some wheel or verges to some goal Tis but a part we see and not a whole III 57-60 Here Pope suggests that despite mans inability to grasp a firm understanding of the totality of the universal plan everything made by God has its purpose and it is made according to His design Likewise if man could conceptualize that he was created exactly the way God intended And God said Let Us make man in Our image after Our likeness and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the air and over the cattle and our all the earth and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth So God created man in His own image Gen 126-27 Pope also indicates The general ORDER since the whole began Is kept in Nature and is kept in Man IV 171-172 The psalmist David stated that God has made him man a little lower that the angels and madest him man to have dominion over the works of Thy hands Ps 85-6 These illustrations further solidify the argument that nature knows its place therefore so should man Although man should know his place in the Great Chain of Being his passion and pride often force him to lose control of this concept Pope affirms that pride envy and passion
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