Read this excerpt from Alexander Pope's The of Lock
"No common weapons in their hands are found/ Like gods they fight l, nor dead a mortal wound.../ See, fierce Belinda on the Baron flies/ With more than usual lightning in her eyes..."
This account of the conflict between Belinda and the Baron ____.
A.) uses satireto ridicule the upper class
B.) uses irony to portray the ruling classes as noble
C.) uses sarcasm to indicate contempt for the lower class
D.) uses understatement to downplay the rift between the class
My answer is A based on the following.
Thus the mock-epic resembles the epic in that its central concerns are serious and often moral, but the fact that the approach must now be satirical rather than earnest is symptomatic of how far the culture has fallen.