J. Alfred Prufrock

Religion in the Post-Modern World

Patient Details and Preliminary Diagnosis (Highly Confidential)

Early in our first meeting, Prufrock mentioned a "T.S. Eliot" multiple times.


Upon further research, it appears Eliot was one of the most daring innovators of twentieth-century poetry. He believed that poetry should aim at a representation of the complexities of modern civilization. Interestingly, one area that came largely under fire in the early part of the twentieth century was the populace's shifting adherence to religious principles. With the movement towards science and technology as a means to understand the world, many individuals found themselves stuck at a significance crossroad.


J. Alfred Prufrock certainly appears to be one of these men. His ambivalence towards both religion and his own active role in the creation and maintenance of his identity is certainly troublesome.

Patient Fixates on Man Acting as God

Heroic Comparisons Predict Failure

  • Repeated heroic comparisons foreshadow patient's inability to accept weaknesses.
  • Lofty understanding of honour necessitates feelings of worthlessness.

Lazarus

Jesus said these important words: "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die." After removing the stone from the hillside burial, Lazarus emerges, having returned from the dead to the land of the living.


Prufrock shares his innermost thoughts and desires only because he wants to believe he is no longer vulnerable. The very suggestion that death is not a permanent state is absolutely terrifying to him and prevents him from taking the actions he so desperately longs for. Unlike Lazarus, Prufrock believes in nothing more than the hopelessness he envisions around him. Unfortunately, this complete lack of faith is both a root cause of his disease and the symptomatic manifestation of it.

John the Baptist

In the Roman Catholic Church, the story of John the Baptist is often retold as a moral lesson emphasizing a code of honour and denouncing both arrogance and the tyrannical abuse of power. Various speculations regarding the motive of Salome are cited, namely her lewd dancing as a means of revenge and harlotry.


Considering this historical context, Prufrock's failure to identify himself as someone worth sacrificing again emphasizes his extreme depressive state and his apathy. Despite feeling as though he is "pinned and wriggling on the wall" while fixed in a "formulated phrase", Prufrock does not believe he will be found to be a worthy specimen and his innermost desires will be thrust by a "magic lantern...in patterns on a screen".


Though his sentiments reek of his non-existent self-esteem, his control of language is quite remarkable. He would likely benefit extensively from continued talk therapy, and should also pursue recording his emotions in a journal as a way to expel them from his mind and regain control of his thoughts.

DESPITE OBVIOUS VIGIL, PRUFROCK REMAINS UNABLE TO FORGIVE HIMSELF.

Rx: Forward Patient Files to Tony Dosanjh

  • reprogramming of the mind suggested - visual subliminal messages
  • gain confidence
  • relieve stress and anxiety
  • achieve goals
  • "become a believer"
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