Comparing The Great Gatsby And The Love Song Of J.alfred Prufrock
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Comparison of “The Great Gatsby” and “The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock
A person might be the master of their own thoughts, but can be the slaves of their own emotions. Powerful emotions can cloud a person’s judgment due to the strong sentiment behind them. In “The Great Gatsby and “The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock,” each of the leading male characters has allowed their emotions to construct their decisions for them without the use of logical reasoning. It demonstrates how one’s feelings can cause them to make foolish and insensible choices. These ill-advised choices made can lead to failure. In "The Great Gatsby” and the "The Lovesong of J.Alfred Prufrock", both main characters’ reason and logic succumbed to their emotions, blinding their judgment and ultimately, causing their collapse.
In the Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby’s obsession with Daisy Buchanan prevents him from seeing clearly. When he was a young boy, Gatsby hoped and strived to become a man of prominence. Although he was born into a poor family, his dreams made him optimistic for the future. Not long after, he met a millionaire name Dan Cody, who took Gatsby under his wing and taught him everything Gatsby, knew now. With his newfound knowledge, he was on his plan to success, which was until he met Daisy. Daisy seemed to have Gatsby under a spell from the very start. She enchanted him in such a way she became the center of his world. From that point on, he would “forever wed his unutterable visions to her [Daisy] perishable breath” (Fitzgerald, Pg. 118). A while later after he was shipped off to the war, Gatsby discovered the news Daisy and Tom Buchanan’s marriage, which devastated him. However, despite her marriage, he made a goal to rekindle the romance between him ...
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... Their judgments were resolved by their emotions and without any coherent reasoning to back it up. This illogical thinking distorted their understanding of reality and led them to eventual failure. For Gatsby, his poisoned dream to relive the past with Daisy Buchanan is seemingly impossible. He is blinded by his obsession with her and because of it; is unable to think straight and see the true reality of it, causing him to eventually lose his life. Prufrocks on the other hand is bounded by fear, not love. His excellent understanding on the concept of life is worthless, as his constant concern of whether or not his actions will succeed and the criticism it will gather disables him from living life to the fullest. If a person’s sense of logic and reason are intertwined with their emotion, their decisions become misguided and will ultimately lead to their failure.