The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock Essay

1310 Words Apr 21st, 2016 6 Pages
In the poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”, written by T.S. Elliot, there is one main theme that branches into subthemes throughout the poem. The theme at hand is one that most people can relate to, including myself. Acceptance. Acceptance is the feeling everyone wants, and fear not having. We are psychologically “wired to seek love and acceptance” states Dr. John Amodeo from PsychCentral (web). Fear of not looking like society says you should look. Fear of not living up to the expectations that the people in society have made up or being within the same social status, and the most general fear of not being accepted by your community.
“With a bald spot in the middle of my hair- [They will say: “How his hair is growing thin!”] My morning coat, my collar mounting firmly to the chin, my necktie rich and modest, but asserted by a simple pin- [They will say: “But how his arms and legs are thin!”] (lines 40-44)
A person’s appearance is everything. You are judged based on your appearance. You get jobs because of your appearance. You make friends by your appearance. In “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”, Prufrock wanted his appearance to be accepted because he knew he had no way of changing it. He knew he would have more friends and more women be interested in him if only he had more hair and muscle tone. In the real world, that concept is still true. In 2014, over 15.6 million plastic surgeries were conducted because people do not believe their natural appearance is good…

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