He states "For me health gushes from a thousand springs; seas roll to waft me suns to light- me rise; My footstool earth my canopy the skies" (330).Pope implies that the universe is created for man's pleasures and needs and so therefore we are all connected to the chain of universal order.
Montaigne Essays Seventeenth Century Edition - Analysis Of An Essay On Man Pope
Join Britannica's Publishing Partner Program and our community of experts to gain a global audience for your work! The first epistle surveys relations between humans and the universe; the second discusses humans as individuals.Pope feels that man claims more insight into the nature of existence then he possesses.In "An Essay on Man" Pope is trying to make clear the relationship of humanity to the universe, himself, society and also to happiness.The belief in this poem is that although things do not turn out well for some individuals, everything falls into place in the great chain of the universe. This implies that things are done or happen for a reason.In the long run everything works out for the best, Pope argues. When humanity tries to change things for individual gain rather than the improvement of the whole it weakens the chain, which in turn affects the rest of the universe.Because man cannot know God's purposes, he cannot complain about his position in the Great Chain of Being (ll.33-34) and must accept that "Whatever IS, is RIGHT" (l.292), a theme that was satirized by Voltaire in Candide (1759).More than any other work, it popularized optimistic philosophy throughout England and the rest of Europe.I agree with Pope in the sense that we are all connected somehow, but I do not agree with total submission in order to achieve total unity. Rather than total submission, I believe our mission is to connect with the universe by using the special gifts given to us by the power that unites us. "Essay on Man." Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces 6th ed. Pope began work on it in 1729, and had finished the first three by 1731.They appeared in early 1733, with the fourth epistle published the following year.