“The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock Essay

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“The Love song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot is a dramatic and heart-breaking monologue of a depressed and insecure man who craves attention. He reveals his soul to the reader as he shares his secret desires and wishes. In this poem Eliot examines rejection, loneliness and fear. Prufrock fears that his existence is meaningless, and will endure eternal loneliness; at the same time he is concerned with being humiliated if he acts on his instincts. Rejection can be a hard thing to handle for some people. Prufrock is apprehensive that the women will not find him attractive due to his appearance. He views himself as an insignificant insect and senses that the cold and cruel women would not want to be disturbed by him. With a bald spot in the middle of my hair— [They will say: “How his hair is growing thin!”] My morning coat, my collar mounting firmly to the chin, My necktie rich and modest, but asserted by a simple pin— [They will say: “But how his arms and legs are thin!”](line 40-44) Although, he would prefer not to, but Prufrock can not handle the criticism that society gives him. It is a terrible thing when people are effected by what others my think of them and this poem Prufrock exhibits this behavior. Merriam-Webster defines loneliness as being without company; sad from being alone; or producing a feeling of bleakness or desolation. Loneliness is often a characteristic that goes unnoticed by other people. Prufrock feels very lonely because of what he experiences throughout the day. For I have known them all already, known them all:— Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons, I have measured out my life with coffee spoons; I know the voices dying with a dying fall Beneath the music from a farther room. So how should I presume?(line 48-54) He feels as though he is an
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