The Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock, By T. S. Eliot Essay

773 Words Jun 14th, 2016 4 Pages
In “The Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T. S. Eliot, there seems to be a story that could fall under the classification of Modernism. Modernism was a reaction to the Industrial Revolution and it involves negative and dark tone with a little bright light of hope hidden. Modernism started due to too many inventions during such a short time. There was a feeling that after these inventions, many cultural values will disappear and it will bring an enormous change in the society. In this poem, Prufrock has negativity filled within him, which gives the readers brief idea about Modernism, but it also holds a little hope. Prufrock is pessimistic and this pessimistic point of view is the representation of Modernistic idea that Eliot shows. Through the passage used from Inferno, the title, and the water, readers can infer Prufrock’s negative perspective as an example of Modernism because Modernism includes dark images and negativity with little bit of hope. At the outset there is the passage used from Inferno represents the little bright light of hope that Eliot points towards. The little passage mentions Dante going in hell and he finds a person burning in fire. His curiosity leads him to question the situation. So to fulfill his curiosity Dante asks “Guido de Montefeltro, who is consumed in flames as punishment for giving false counsel, confesses his shame because he believes that it cannot be reported back on earth” (Pagnattaro). Dante’s ability to go back to Earth and change his…

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