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Comparing Fitzgerald's Great Gatsby And Eliot's The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock

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The Great Gatsby and Love Song of Alfred J. Prufrock

 

So often, it seems, life can seem like a "patient etherized on the table" (Eliot, 3). Be it the apparent futility of existence as a whole, or the insecurity of those single moments of doubt; life is often fleeting. I believe life is best described as a fickle beast, always elusive; always turning down some new and unexpected road. This fleeting life is what both Jay Gatsby of  The Great Gatsby and Alfred J. Prufrock of "Love Song of Alfred J. Prufrock" experience. These two men experiences move down remarkably similar paths as they quest for love and life. Yet each has sealed their shared fate in a different manner. As they head toward the seeming abyss of death, both remiss on all they wish they had done during their lives. By the time each man meets his end they both feel they have failed themselves and life as a whole.

 

While sporting similar fates, Prufrock and Gatsby, boast a seemingly opposed beginning. Prufrock is best describe in his love song as a passenger on the road of life. He speaks of his absence of goals, or of any driving force in his early life. Now he is dying and he sees all to clearly his mistake. Speaking to himself, Prufrock says, "Would it have been worth while, To have bitten off the matter with a smile, to have squeezed the universe into a ball, To roll it towards some overwhelming question" (Eliot, 91). Prufrock sums up his desire to have done something more with his life, but as before it is too late for he is approaching fast his end. Where Prufrock looks back Gatsby looks forward. He dreams and would have had a happy life; except that he dreamt of perfection, something that could never be. In Daisy does Gatsby see his perfect dream and she comes to represent it entirely, "At his lips' touch she blossomed for him like a flower and the...

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