Thursday, October 24, 2019
Comparison of The Arrival of the Beebox and The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock Essay
In Sylvia PlathÃ¢â¬â¢s Ã¢â¬Å"The Arrival of the Bee BoxÃ¢â¬ and T. S. EliotÃ¢â¬â¢s Ã¢â¬Å"The Love Song of J. Alfred PrufrockÃ¢â¬ both speakers are burdened by great mental anguish caused by their feeling of insignificance and powerlessness in the world. They both fear and accept the prospect of death, while acknowledging life as its opposite. These are the two sides of the human experience. Through an internal monologue, Prufrock explores his feeling of uselessness and displacement in society, while in Ã¢â¬Å"The Arrival of the Bee BoxÃ¢â¬ , the speaker is concerned with their powerlessness over their mind, and impending consequences. Throughout Ã¢â¬Å"The Arrival of the Bee BoxÃ¢â¬ , the speaker is concerned with their powerlessness to the noises in their mind. The speaker tends to contradict or argue with themselves as shown by contrasting tone and opinion. While the speaker knows that Ã¢â¬Å"(the box) is dangerousÃ¢â¬ they still Ã¢â¬Å"canÃ¢â¬â¢t keep away from itÃ¢â¬ . The speaker wishes to Ã¢â¬Å"be sweet GodÃ¢â¬ , yet denies desiring power by proclaiming that Ã¢â¬Å"I am not a CaesarÃ¢â¬ . This bi-polar behaviour is also shown by inconsistent rhyming throughout the poem. In the first stanza Ã¢â¬Å"liftÃ¢â¬ is rhymed with Ã¢â¬Å"midgetÃ¢â¬ and Ã¢â¬Å"itÃ¢â¬ , yet in other stanzas no rhyming is found at all. Inconsistently throughout the poem, internal rhymes are found Ã¢â¬â Ã¢â¬Å"square as a chairÃ¢â¬ , Ã¢â¬Å"din in itÃ¢â¬ , Ã¢â¬Å"It is dark, darkÃ¢â¬ Ã¢â¬â which add to the staccato feel of the poem. The Ã¢â¬Å"dinÃ¢â¬ of the Ã¢â¬ËbeesÃ¢â¬â¢ is emphasised profusely by using consonance and onomatopoeia Ã¢â¬â Ã¢â¬Å"It is the noise that appals me most of all. The unintelligible syllablesÃ¢â¬ Ã¢â¬â that highlight the true noise and confusion in the speakerÃ¢â¬â¢s mind. The noise of their mind is highlighted by many metaphors that compare the sound to Ã¢â¬Å"furious LatinÃ¢â¬ , a Ã¢â¬Å"Roman mobÃ¢â¬ , Ã¢â¬Å"angrily clamberingÃ¢â¬ , Ã¢â¬Å"a box of maniacsÃ¢â¬ and Ã¢â¬Å"unintelligible syllablesÃ¢â¬ . The tone of the end of the piece seems to ask for help as the speaker asks many questions such as Ã¢â¬Å"how hungry they are?Ã¢â¬ , Ã¢â¬Å"if they would forget me?Ã¢â¬ , Ã¢â¬Å"how can I let them out?Ã¢â¬ , and Ã¢â¬Å"why should they turn on me?Ã¢â¬ . The speaker expresses a desire to be in control, but accepts that they are insignificant to the power of the noise in their mind. In T. S. EliotÃ¢â¬â¢s Ã¢â¬Å"The Love Song of J. Alfred PrufrockÃ¢â¬ , Prufrock is concerned with his sense of his insignificance and displacement in society. Eliot makes use of metaphors Ã¢â¬â Ã¢â¬Å"measured out my life with coffee spoonsÃ¢â¬ , Ã¢â¬Å"When I am pinned and wriggling on the wallÃ¢â¬ Ã¢â¬â to show that Prufrock compares life to coffee and feels like an insect on a wall. Contrastingly, Plath uses metaphors to emphasise an exact sound, the noise of the bees in the speakerÃ¢â¬â¢s mind. Eliot also uses much more alliteration than Plath in his poem Ã¢â¬â Ã¢â¬Å"Before the taking of a toast and teaÃ¢â¬ , Ã¢â¬Å"fix you in a formulated phraseÃ¢â¬ , Ã¢â¬Å"When I am pinned and wriggling on the wallÃ¢â¬ Ã¢â¬â whereas Plath nearly did not use any alliteration at all apart from Ã¢â¬Å"black on blackÃ¢â¬ perhaps since her piece sounds more like a story using conventional words when compared to Eliot. Both Eliot and Plath personify many objects in their pieces. Plath describes the bees as a Ã¢â¬Å"Roman mobÃ¢â¬ and Eliot compares the yellow fog and smoke to a cat as it Ã¢â¬Å"licks its tongueÃ¢â¬ , Ã¢â¬Å"leap(s)Ã¢â¬ , Ã¢â¬Å"rubs its muzzleÃ¢â¬ and Ã¢â¬Å"curledÃ¢â¬ ¦ and fell asleepÃ¢â¬ . A unique literary device that Eliot uses is anaphora Ã¢â¬â Ã¢â¬Å"To haveÃ¢â¬ ¦ To haveÃ¢â¬ ¦ To rollÃ¢â¬ ¦ To sayÃ¢â¬ ¦Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬â which in this instance describes all the things that Prufrock could have done, but never did. The central connecting burden that both speakers are plagued with is a powerlessness to their Sword of Damocles; the bees ruling the speakerÃ¢â¬â¢s powerless mind and PrufrockÃ¢â¬â¢s feeling of alienation and uselessness in the real world.