The Love Song Of J Alfred Prufrock Essay

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The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock is a poem by T. S. Eliot about a neurotic, socially awkward man. J. Alfred Prufrock is a middle-aged man that projects his life onto the images around him. He seems to be able to compare every aspect of his life to some inanimate object. This makes me wonder if he believes that he himself is also as insignificant and overlooked as the inanimate objects around him. That is the effect that his comparisons give to the reader. The yellow fog is the first of these objects to appear. This “yellow fog” seems only to linger in the windows; outside all of the action. It only lingers in the corners of evening, unseen, and is nothing more than a pool that will eventually be drained. This “yellow fog” is so still and motionless that soot from the chimney above collects on it and the fog eventually becomes so unnoticeable that it appears to fall asleep (15-22)! Prufrock is the yellow fog that lingers outside all the action and stays quiet and kept to himself. This is how he sees himself. There are many characteristics of fog that seem to fit the image that Prufrock has painted of himself. Fog is something you can kind of see in the background, but you cannot have any other interactions with it. You cannot touch, smell, taste, or even hear it. Also, fog always appears in the background, and when you get too close to it, it seems as though it has disappeared from that spot and moved even further back. This analogy to fog gives the effect of Prufrock being a silhouette in the distance. Prufrock’s neurotic tendencies are apparent in line 58: “When I am pinned and wriggling on the wall (58). These lines give the image of something small and insignificant, like a bug, being pinned to the wall. And while it is struggling to get free, many people surround the poor bug with piercing eyes waiting to see what it
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