ENGL 2210 World Literature II

Alexander Pope: "An Essay on Man"

Read the essay writing instructions before you write your essay. Select only ONE topic.
  1. Pope suggests that as smart as man is, man still does not realize his proper place in Godís creation, and that all human unhappiness stems from wanting to be something humans are not meant to be. Discuss what faults Pope finds in the way man sees himself in the universe.
  2. Pope suggests that man should consider it a bliss that he cannot comprehend beyond mankind. Discuss why this is so, according to Pope.
  3. Discuss in what ways is man conceited, according to Pope?
  4. In light of man's place in the universe, discuss how man should lead his life properly, according to Pope.

Your essay should be no less than 350 words, and no more than 400 words. Indicate the number of words at the bottom of the essay.