Over the past two weeks, we have
- read “The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock,”
- discussed it in depth and offered varying interpretations,
- conducted preliminary research into his character,
- drawn pictures of Prufrock,
- written and acted in mini-dramas to offer his character advice,
- answered CRQs and LAQs about the poem,
- listened to the author himself read the poem aloud, and
- taken a test over the poem.
In short, you are all packed to the gills with information and ideas about Prufrock! All that remains is to write the character analysis essay we originally did the aforementioned research for.
Your essay must be no fewer than 5 paragraphs long. In addition to the intro and conclusion – which should be solidly written, as we have discussed strategies for this in the past – you will write one paragraph each on three of the following five topics:
- What Prufrock does with his time
- What Prufrock thinks/feels about himself
- What Prufrock thinks/feels about love
- What Prufrock thinks/feels about other people
- What other people would say about Prufrock
The purpose of the essay is to discuss what sort of person Prufrock is. Your introduction will briefly summarize the poem and Prufrock’s situation, then present a strong thesis sentence that indicates the direction your essay will take. Each of your body paragraphs (which at a rough guess should be between 150 – 250 words) will fully discuss one of the above bulleted points, using correctly-cited quotes to support whatever assertions you make. Your conclusion will take your original statement about the sort of person Prufrock is and then generalize to make a statement about how we should live our lives. (Consider what you feel TS Eliot’s purpose was when he wrote this poem.)
The due date for this essay is Monday, May 7.
It is worth 100 points if done to acceptable standards.