Alienation in T.S. Eliot’s Poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” This literary study will examine the theme of alienation in T.S. Eliot’s poem: “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” By understanding how Prufrock lives within a harsh and cruel urban environment in the post-WWI era, it becomes clear the poem promotes a sense of self-reservation as a result of the jaded feelings he must endure in modernity of city life. By realizing the issue of self-preservation as a means to protect oneself from the hardships of life or in risk taking, Prufrock is utterly hopeless in that he cannot make himself vulnerable to human relationships. In essence, the theme of cultural alienation often involves Prufrock’s survival as a young man in a...The end:
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