Examples Of Modern Man In The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock

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Anna-Grace Tingle
Mrs. Shackelford
American Literature II
11 October 2017
Modern Man in “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” The period of Modernism was a shift from traditional society to a more radical movement. Common principles of Modernism include the belief that previous structures of life have been destroyed, Christianity is presented as a myth, works usually have no settling resolution, everything believable is constructed of fragments and various others. In T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”, many of these same principles are demonstrated by the main character, J. Alfred Prufrock. In the following paragraphs, examples and interpretations will be presented to provide an adequate explanation of how J. Alfred Prufrock is the essence of modern man. Throughout this famous poem, the main character presents many different characteristics of a modern man. One big thing that J. Alfred Prufrock presents are his feelings of insecurity and unworthiness. “With a bald spot in the middle of my hair --- [They will say: “How his hair is growing thin!”]” (Eliot 1915). This particular quote tells the reader that Prufrock is very concerned with the opinions of other people. It signifies the rejection that the character feels in his life, but also, this strengthens the fear of rejection from the woman he loves. Prufrock is a very self-conscious man. This obvious obsession with his self-image and confidence is truly what keeps Prufrock from living life to its full
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