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The conscious and subconscious are two important themes in discussing both the 1919 poem The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock by TS Eliot and the Derek Walcotts 1967 play Dream on Monkey Mountain In discussing the authors use of the conscious and subconscious in these two works many similarities and differences can be found In TS Eliots poem The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock Eliot startles the reader by using dramatic shifts in and out of the main character Prufrocks thoughts subconscious and what is consciously going on The Poem is about a timid and downcast man in search of meaning of love in search of something to break him from the dullness and superficiality that he feels his life to be Eliot lets us into Prufrocks world exploring his progression of emotion from timidity to self-disparagement and ultimately to despair of life In this Love Song Prufrock searches for meaning and acceptance by the love of a woman but fails miserably because of his lack of self-assurance and because of his mouse-like meekness Prufrock is a man for who it seems everything goes wrong and for whom there are no happy allowances In a very real way Prufrocks story is twentieth century mankinds story too Eliots Prufrock is brilliant commentary on the fallenness the emptiness and the final despair of modern individuals The emptiness and the shallowness of Prufrocks universe and of Prufrock himself are evident from the very beginning of the poem The lines When the evening is spread out against the sky Like a patient etherized upon a table 2-3 suggest a certain lifelessness Likewise the women who come and go Talking of Michelangelo 13-14 seem to have nothing better to talk about for when the women are revisited a few lines down they are still talking about the same dead artist 35-36 The yellow fog 15 which by its
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