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T S Elliot's The Love Song Of J Alfred Prufrock

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Loneliness is often a characteristic that goes unnoticed in people, and often loneliness is joined by feelings of unimportance and worthlessness. In the poem ?The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock,? by T.S Elliot, Prufrock?s fears that his existence is meaningless, and will endure eternal loneliness which is portrayed by his characterization. Prufrock is concerned with becoming insignificant. At the same time he is concerned with being humiliated if he attempted to act. As a result of this anxiety he never acts and as a result is rendered paralyzed and insignificant.Prufrock portrays the need to feel significant in order to attract or attain the opposite sex. Prufrock views himself as a lonely ...view middle of the document...

?With a bald spot in the middle of my hair? (They will say: ?How his hair is growing thin!?) My mourning 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!?)(Prufrock) His look is of a tired aging man. Having thinning hair and thin limbs while those around him rebuff him, make him feel self-conscious. Although he would prefer not to, Prufrock can?t help but take in the criticism of higher society which gives him a greater feeling of isolation and unworthiness.If one, settling a pillow by her head, should say: ?That is not what I meant at all. That is not it at all.?(Prufrock) Prufrock spends much of his time preparing his proposal, or entry into a woman?s life so thoroughly that he convinces himself it is not worth his effort. Prufrock?s lack of decisiveness further develops his growing anxiety toward women and society as a whole.?And time yet for a hundred indecisions, and for a hundred visions and revisions.......And indeed there will be time to wonder ?Do I dare?? and ?Do I dare??(Prufrock) Prufrock seems to be having a debate with himself that goes nowhere and truly decides nothing.When Prufrock feels he should take action, he seems to always give himself an excuse not to, or talk himself out of it.Finally Prufrock?s fear of rejection generates his inability to pursue the opposite sex. As a result Prufrock accepts his insignificance. ?Dare I disturb the universe??(Prufrock) He feels he no longer has a place in the world, his existence is worthless. He now feels that because he has nothing to offer the world, or society, society has nothing for him. Prufrock feels very lonely and isolated because of his acceptance that he is experiencing during his last days. ?I have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons?(Prufrock). Prufrock feels that he?s seen everything and that there is nothing to look forward to. He feels as though he is an outcast, as though everyone sees him as a meaningless being, and can?t help but feel that way. ?I shall wear flannel trousers, and walk along the beach / I have heard mermaids singing each to each? (Prufrock). He resorts to fantasies, or daydreams of paradise because he can no longer find any joy in his reality. ?I don?t think that they will sing to me? (Prufrock). This demonstrates Prufrock?s realization that he is not accepted by women. Prufrock feels so isolated and worthless that even the mermaids in his own fantasy will not sing to him, there is no hope.Prufrock is so consumed with thoughts of insignificance, that the idea of committing any forward advance toward a woman brings on extreme concern of humiliation. Because of the void of any action in his life, Prufrock becomes much more anxious, lonely and therefore feels greatly insignificant. Prufrock can?t approach women because of his fear of humiliation. Yet he feels humiliated because he cannot approach women. Throughout T.S Elliot?s ?The Love Song of...

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