Intro to Critical Writing

Topics: Meaning of life, Life, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock Pages: 3 (877 words) Published: February 9, 2015
Haley Zitkus
Essay Choice Two
Dramatic monologue offers us as readers the opportunity to get inside the head of the speaker through their words and thoughts that are portrayed in the text. This offers us a glimpse at the character of the speaker without laying it all on the table. We draw inferences from the text in which we build an image of the speaker through their tone and characteristics. These inferences can be drawn from both poems, “Mother to Son” and “Love Song of Alfred J. Prufrock”. However, “Mother to Son” varies from “Love song of Alfred Prufrock” in which the role of the speakers have very different characters and meaning they are trying to convey.

Both poems show us inside the characters of the two very different speakers. For starters, the speaker in “Mother to Son” is so confident in this rough world she lives in. She lets us in that she has had a very rough life, numerously saying, “Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.” The way she addresses her son so honestly, letting him know that life isn’t a joke, it’s tough and rough, yet never give up lets us in on her character. She is confident and hardworking, and willing to provide and do anything for her son. We know this because she tells him to never give up, “So boy, don’t you turn back.” Her confidence shines in the fact that she says,

“And sometimes goin’ in the dark
Where there ain’t been no light.”
This mindset of going on even through the dark gives us the idea that she is a tough determined mother. Although her lack of Education that shows in her English and pronunciation she is still a complex character that has a specific place in this world and that is to provide a better life for her son.

Different from the confident hard working mother, is a man of insecurities who seems to be going through the motions of life, without seeming to enjoy it. Alfred Prufrock is a man with little confidence, even saying, “I am no Prince Hamlet.” He continues to let us know how fine of a...
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