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The Restoration and The Enlightenment: 1660-1798

“he hangs between; in doubt to act, or rest;/ In doubt to deem himself of a god, or beast;/ In doubt his mind or body to prefer;/Born but to die, and reasongin but to err…”

These lines from Pope’s An Essay on Man represent human beings as ______.

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Which of these excerpts from Alexander Pope’s The Rape of Lock most explicity suggests that it is a parody of epic poetry?
“fate closed the scissors, cutting the Sylph in half…”
“A very worthy person, a true lover of this country, and who vitrues I highly esteem, was lately pleased, in discoursing on this matter, to offer a refinement upone my scheme. He…conceived that the want of venison might well be supplied by the bodies of young lads and maidens… so great a number of both sexes, in every country being now ready to starve…”

What is Swifts main point in this passage?

The well off have no real concern for starving children.
“After all I am not so violently bent upon my own opinion as to reject any offer, proposed by wise men, which shall be found equally innocent, cheap, easy and effectual. But before something of that kind shall be advanced in contraditiction to my scheme, and offering a better I desire the author or authors will be pleased maturely to consider two points.”

What point is Swift making in A Modest Proposal by discounting other possible (and more humane) solutions to the poverty of the Irish?

That these solutions could actually be pursued.