The False Promise of Being a Main Character…

Nicole Peeler
8 min readSep 16, 2023

On why we should embrace being an extra

A man standing with his arm outsretched in front of a waterfall that’s creating a rainbow.
Photo by Jared Erondu on Unsplash

I adore “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” It’s a canonical mainstay that an English teacher has probably tortured you with, and that teacher might very well have been me.

One of my favorite parts of the poem (besides the glorious sibilance of “scuttling across the floor of silent seas” or the…