Essay The Lovesong Of J. Alfred Prufrock

716 Words Apr 13th, 2015 3 Pages
Throughout “The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock”, T.S. Eliot’s main goal is to show us the harsh reality of the world we live in. As we read the poem, we are brought on a journey that opens our eyes to make us realize how empty modern life really is and how we are wasting our lives away. As we go on with our journey with J. Alfred Prufrock we are forced to realize that we live a dull, unimaginative existence that is strictly run by routine and habits. In the poem we follow the narrator, J. Alfred Prufrock, through his unhappy life. Later on we find out that he suspects his unhappiness is because of the society he lives in. The main reason why Prufrock blames his unhappiness on society is because of the lack of individuality in his society. Because of the lack of individuality, he feels trapped within himself and becomes frustrated. He wants to live in a society where being yourself is acceptable, but instead he is stuck being someone he is not in hopes of impressing the people around him. Because he cannot be himself in his society he feels as if he has lived an unfulfilled life. This is seen in the poem when Prufrock states, “I am no prophet — and here’s not great matter; I have seen the moment of my greatness flicker, and I have seen the eternal Footman hold my coat, and snicker, and in short, I was afraid.” As we go through the poem with Prufrock, we see that he is not only unhappy, but also very self conscious. He is surrounded by an upper class society,…

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