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Synthesis Essay - Suarez 1 Christina Suarez February 6 2008...

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Suarez 1 Christina Suarez February 6, 2008 ENG 105- Marsom Synthesis: “The Unknown Alfred Prufrock” “Do I dare disturb the universe?” (Eliot lines 45-46). This line from T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Love-Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” sums up the both of the poems. W.H. Auden’s poem is of an unknown citizen who lived a normal and unnoticed life. Eliot writes of a man, J. Alfred Prufrock, who is too afraid to really express how he feels about a woman. Both poems bring about the theme that if a person does not make theirself known, then there will be no one that pays attention. In reading both “The Unknown Citizen” by W.H. Auden and “The Love-Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot, the use of their language to express individuality and how a person fits in to society is motivating the main characters to achieve something great. Auden’s “The Unknown Citizen” is a poem that has a deeper meaning than what is on the surface. The poem is about a man who nobody knows much about and has recently died. In the parenthesis below the title gives the reader insight into how humans are labeled by the government as just another number. It also states in the parenthesis that this poem was created for “JS/07/M/378 This Marble Monument Is Erected by the State”, who is obviously the unknown citizen (Auden line 1). As the poem continues, we learn a little more about the mystery man. His company was enjoyable, he was thoughtful, and he was ultimately the everyday man. The man served everyday of his life working for the same company, Fudge Motors Inc., and was always there to help out the greater community. He he did everything that a normal man would do in his everyday life; he read the paper everyday, he was married with five children, he had a
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Suarez 2 health insurance plan, he owned a car, a fridgidare, a radio, and a phonograph. Every aspect of the man was normal. He would be for peace when the country was for peace, and he went to war when the country was for war. This mans purpose was to please the people around him.
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