Analysis Of The Appearance Theme By T. S. Eliot, Tennessee Williams, And Arthur Miller

2539 Words Nov 20th, 2014 11 Pages
Sydney DeBerry
Motlow English 2130
Mrs. Lockhart
20 November 2014
An Analysis of the Appearance Theme in Three Works by T. S. Eliot,
Tennessee Williams, and Arthur Miller
“Once you allow yourself to identify with the people in a story, then you might begin to see yourself in that story even if on the surface it 's far removed from your situation. This is what I try to tell my students: this is one great thing that literature can do -- it can make us identify with situations and people far away. If it does that, it 's a miracle,” remarked Chinua Achebe, novelist, poet, and professor, in an interview on his career with literature (“An African Voice”). Chinua Achebe is right that literature can supply readers with insight into their own worlds. One theme that readers can identify with is appearance; appearance meaning the way one values their presentation and how others preserve them. Primarily, the three before mentioned works offer readers the understanding that appearances can be deceptive and that people have more layers than just their outer appearance. Because the power appearance has over people has intrigued readers of all time periods, authors T. S. Eliot, Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller have shed light on the theme with their works “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” A Streetcar Named Desire, and Death of a Salesman. First off, appearance was exceedingly significant in T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” and readers have a lot to learn from…
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