The Impact of Modernism on the Human Psyche: Eliot’s “Prufrock” and “The Waste Land”


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The Impact of Modernism on the Human Psyche: Eliot’s "Prufrock" and "The Waste Land"
At the turn of the 20th century, Americans were experiencing the dramatic changes associated with advancements in science, technology, and industry. In just a few short years, people across the nation witnessed the emergence of the electric power grid, telephones and national communications systems, flying aircraft, the automobile, and much more. At the same time, breakthroughs in scientific thought opened people's eyes to the world of the atom, Einstein's theory of special relativity, the evolution of species, and a host of other remarkable theories. As a result of these changes, a new movement known as modernism swept across America and the Western...
The end: around us reveals nothing of the glory of God and existence. And men and women relate to one another according to superficial pretenses, not on a level of heart and soul – that is, they fail to look at life with any hope and ambition of being something special. In the final analysis, perhaps Prufrock’s self-deprecating assessment of himself best characterizes the modernistic spirit - “No! I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be” (Prufrock 112). But what a sad and misguided conclusion this is, indeed!
Eliot, T.S. The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. 1917. 17 Apr. 2010. <
Eliot, T.S. The Waste Land. 1922. 17 Apr. 2010.