Day 1

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    What kind of person do you believe that J. Alfred Prufrock is, based on his voice in the poem? Describe him as a character.

    Many students will probably see a hesitant, neurotic intellectual, most likely a white man of some wealth; all should understand Prufrock as extremely lonely and scared. He desires adventure, but doesn't know how to achieve it, because he's so lost in his own thoughts. What is essential about this discussion is that students point to textual evidence for their assessment of Prufrock's character.

  2. 2

    What do you think the "overwhelming question" is?

    The question may be related to love—"Do you love me?" or "Can I love you?" or "Will you marry me?"...

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