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In the time period from 1915-1945 America was undergoing dramatic changes These changes were noticeable in everything from the economy to they way authors were writing Many of the authors in this time period turned to humor and most stories held a sense of alienation TS Eliot as well as other poets and authors expressed this form in different ways TS Eliot expressed the form of alienation in a variety of ways In his poem The Love Song of Alfred Prufrock he allows his main character or narrator Mr Alfred Prufrock to alienate himself in one-way or another Prufrock alienates his emotions from those around him He is scared to show the real him for fear of being rejected or alone He cannot connect with people on an emotional level There will be time there will be time to prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet In this particular quote Prufrock tells us how he is not himself but someone people want him to be With the lack of self-confidence his alienation grows stronger Do I dare This quote is repeated often through out the poem He asks himself time after time weather he should be himself or the person he is expected to be With Prufrocks alienation Eliot is able to express other ideas going through his mind He shows how Prufrocks sense of alienation causes him to be lonely and fearful Other poems allow for a sense of alienation as well Willa Cartner expresses the sense of alienation as well In her story A Wagner Matinee her character struggles through the sense of alienation Living as a pianist the woman decided to give up her joy to move on with life She started a family and soon wondered if she ever made the right choice She in a sense alienated herself from what she loved to do and what she did well She took her nephew to an opera
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