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Heo, Jeong-joo. “Socioeconomic Approach to The Rape of the Lock.” Studies on English Language & Literature. 33.1(2007): 65-80. Pope’s heroine in The Rape of the Lock has deservedly been the object of extensive attention from the critics. From John Dennis in 1714 to the present, no small part of the commentary on the poem has been concerned with the character of Belinda. There is the well-known essay by Cleanth Brooks, who is as sensible of the sexual aspects as Dennis but with a considerable difference. But there is another aspect of Belinda and of the poem which has received little or no attention: Belinda who takes some coloration from her economic milieu. Although Pope has been very sparing in depicting her attire, there is no one who can read what he does say, both of her and the social ambiance, without visualizing her as a fashionably attired young woman whose dress matches her charm in taste and costliness. (Wonkwang University)