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Ulysses and Prufrock
This paper is a study of Ulysses from "Ulysses" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson and J. Alfred Prufrock from "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T. S. Eliot.
# 25529 | 1,528 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Apr 29, 2003 in Literature (American) , Literature (English) , English (Comparison)

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The paper argues that these two characters from works of poetry reflect upon their lives, one with pride, the other with remorse. The writer first looks at Ulysses, who is proud of the life he has led and is not hesitant to vaunt his great deeds. The focus then switches to Prufrock who is neither egotistical nor admirable, for his spirit is repressed by his own low sense of worth. Throughout the paper, the writer compares and contrasts the two characters.

From the Paper:

"Both Ulysses and Prufrock suffer from the condition of ennui, or listlessness and dissatisfaction resulting from a lack of interest in their present surroundings. Ulysses has a "spirit yearning in desire/To follow knowledge . . ." (254) to accompany his hungry heart seeking the nourishment of new experiences; therefore, he will never be satisfied with his life as it is. Prufrock is like Ulysses in that he also is discontent with the things he does. Prufrock is subject to his own periods of roaming, fruitlessly searching for fulfillment by moving "through certain half-deserted streets" (670). Ulysses and Prufrock both feel that because of their observations of the world, as well as the introspection resulting from their journeys, they know a great deal. Ulysses says, "Much have I seen and known" (254), while Prufrock boasts, "I have known them all . . . known them all" (671). Their vast knowledge affects each of them differently; consequently, more contrasts between Ulysses and Prufrock emerge."

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