J. Alfred Prufrock Essay

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T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song Of J Alfred Prufrock” depicts the speaker’s life of alienation and depression. Eliot focuses on Prufrock’s life as being depressed and separate from the world in which he lives in. Eliot’s use of metaphors and vivid imagery illustrates Prufrock’s alienation from the world as well as his depressed state of mind. T.S. Eliot portrays Prufrock’s alienation and depression by using metaphors. The use of metaphors enhances the readers’ thoughts about Prufrock’s character. The reader begins to understand Prufrock as sad and lonely. In the poem Eliot writes, “I should have been a pair of ragged claws scuttling across the floors of silent seas.” This metaphor is a depiction of Prufrock and how he wished he was a crab who lived on the bottom of the ocean. His line depicts Prufrock’s depressed state and his wish of being something else. The crab metaphor reveals Prufrock’s insecurities of living in the world and being visible, rather than living on the bottom of the sea, away from people and the real world. Eliot also illustrates Prufrock’s alienation and depression through vivid imagery. Prufrock says, “When I am pinned and wriggling on the wall… And how should I presume?” This line is a portrayal of Prufrock’s struggles with life. J. Alfred Prufrock, who is in a depressed state of mind, is talking about how he cannot get up, because he is constantly pinned down. The readers have an opportunity in this particular part of the poem to picture a man being pinned down, trying to get up, but not having the strength to continue. Prufrock also states, “have the strength to force the moment to its crisis? But though I have wept and fasted, wept and prayed… And in short, I was afraid.” This portion of the poem utilizes easy language to allow put together a picture in the readers’ minds. Eliot wants the readers to see Prufrock crying, not eating, crying
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