What is the role of things—items you can buy and own—in the poem? Did it strike you that this society might be a little too obsessed with its stuff, from the makeup and jewelry on Belinda’s dressing table to the Baron’s fixation on her lock of hair? Find examples/quotes from the text that support your opinions.
Furthermore, would you call this society materialistic? How about our own society? What is your relation to your stuff, to other people’s stuff? Does having or wanting certain things define who you are?