Lit-260-02_ Prufrock Essay.pdf - Soriano 1 Harley R Soriano Professor Jay Gates Lit-260-02 April 3 2019 The Eternal Entity Death in T.S Eliot’s​

Lit-260-02_ Prufrock Essay.pdf - Soriano 1 Harley R Soriano...

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Soriano 1 Harley R. Soriano Professor Jay Gates Lit-260-02 April 3, 2019 The Eternal Entity: Death in T.S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” Death as a concept is the eternal condition that makes T.S. Eliot’s “The Love song of J. Alfred Prufrock” and Emily Dickinson's “Because I Could Not Stop For Death” orchestrate an intertextual powerplay. J. Alfred Prufrock is a character who exhibits social anxiety deriving from his insecurity about death and old age. Meanwhile, the protagonist in Emily Dickinson's poem narrates her encounter with Death and Immortality, in what seems to be centuries after her death, under a more enthusiastic light. T.S. Eliot alludes to Emily Dickinson's poem to exert an ironic twist of canonical proportions in addition to Mr. Prufrock positioning himself between a rock and a hard place via psychological uncertainty to set the predominant tone for his poem. Whereas Emily Dickinson attributes good qualities to her personification of Death, T.S. Eliot’s eternal footman takes on a more sinister role. Moreover, the eternal footman, T.S. Elliot’s personification of Death , and the aristocrat or gentlemen in the carriage, Emily Dickinson’s personification of Death , juxtapose with one another not to contrast but to instill the irony that is fearing the predetermined eternal condition of one’s life, the end. Mr. Prufrock’s social anxiety is paraded throughout the poem but is strategically summarized as feeling “... formulated, sprawling on a pin, / When I am pinned and wriggling on
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Soriano 2 the wall... “ (T.S. Eliot, 1915) in order for the reader to visualize the depth of his anxiety. The eyes that fixate on Mr. Prufrock in order to make him sprawl and wriggle are only one of many thoughts that feed into his social anxieties. It is never stated outright that Mr. Prufrock is nearing his old age and it is possible that he is younger than expected perhaps in his thirties. Evidence of this is in the words he chooses, for example, when Mr. Prufrock expresses his social anxieties
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