In my opinion, the theme of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, Disillusionment of 10 o’clock, and anyone lived in a pretty how town is that we all follow a pattern and if we follow other people, it will lead us to a lonely life. If you go out on your own and be your own person, you will live a happy life. A lot of people my age are guilty of this because day in and day out we go through very similar patterns, such as school and sports after school. It is nice to have some change at times, which is what these poems are trying to portray to us. The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock develops its theme when it says, “I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.” This line is very important because it shows how his life is so boring and monotonous, and its just the same thing day in and day out and that is no way to live a life. Disillusionment of 10 o’clock develops its theme when the author talks about how people have a choice in what they wear to sleep every night, but they all wear the same thing anyways. In the poem, anyone lived in a pretty how town, anyone stood for a male character and no one stood for a female character. Without knowing these two things, I could not fully understand the poem, which is exactly what the author wanted. He wanted us to dig deeper and find the real meaning on our own instead of just giving it away.
These three poems are all connected due to how many people in our society follow the lead of others, rather than defining themselves through their own actions. All of these poems have the same overall theme, but are developed in different ways.
The poem that I find most applicable to our society is The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock because of the way that “coffee spoons” is so prevalent in our society and how he compares his life with coffee spoons. This makes us realize just how many of us are exactly like that man, finding our life so small and boring, not living our own life and being who we truly are. This poem was also my favorite of the three because it was very eye opening to me and made me really think of how my life could be so much different.
The novel Huck Finn was a very interesting novel. There were a lot of surprises throughout the story that took me in a complete turn. There were also some things that took place that were completely and utterly stupid. One example of that is when Tom decided to break Jim out in order to put Jim right back where he was. That made zero sense to me. The book was a little better than expected, since it was written so long ago. What made it not over the top for me was that it was harder to read due to “dialect” or language that it was written in. It definitely did accomplish its job with the themes, especially Southern Romanticism within Tom’s character. This novel compares to other novels that I have read as being more well written than most that I have. The end of the book was very relieving that Jim was finally “free” from the farm, even though we find out that Miss Watson died and Jim was free the whole time. I would change the way that Jim gets freed because it did not make any sense to have such an elaborate plan, when one- Jim was already free and two- there was such an easier way to get him out. I would say that the most important thing to take away from this novel is how Tom acts. He knows that Jim is already free, but tells Huck that he will help free him to make it look like he has changed, when in reality he just wants to have an adventure and is hiding the truth about Jim from his friends. Yes, the novel does still apply to our society today because we do not do things that are morally correct, but instead do what society tells us is the “cool” thing to do. Our Huck Finn project is going to be a LIFE Game board with different situations depending on what square you land on. We picked this project because the game itself is relevant to the novel and then we can make our own twist to it to represent the book very well. Our expectations are to get a really good grade, while representing Huck Finn well while making a game that can be played by multiple people.
The most important parts of chapters 30-33 of Huck Finn are when the gold is found in the coffin, when Huck goes to the raft and Jim is not there, and when Tom arrives at his aunt and uncle’s farm. The gold being found is important because it allowed the characters to escape and also caused tension between the Duke and the dauphin. Jim missing from the raft is important because it leads Huck on a new adventure to find him since he was taken. Finally, Tom arriving is very important because Huck is reunited with his best friend, and Tom decides to help him get Jim back. The new characters that we meet are Sally the mistress and Silas Phelps. They were Tom’s aunt and uncle and they were holding Jim on their farm. Huck and Tom have further development in these chapters. Huck considers going to Hell in order to free Jim and Tom agrees to help Huck, even though in the beginning of the novel he is totally for slavery. What we know about the farm is that it is where the slaves are kept and they work to grow cotton. I think the plot line is moving towards something big. I think there is going to be a lot of action when they try and free Jim because the overall feeling of the novel is very suspenseful. My prediction for the end is that Huck will free Jim and Jim will become a free man at last and reunite with his family, while Huck overcomes his immaturity completely and becomes a man.