Analysis Of ' The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock '

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T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” illustrates the desire of a man’s need to escape from his world. This idea is represented throughout the poem on how Prufrock, the man who wants to escape, views the world around him as this harsh and hostile place where no one pays any attention to him. Eliot sets up this lack of acknowledgment to show how being ignored can stir up a desire to escape. This is portrayed through Prufrock’s desire throughout the poem. However, Eliot shows that the desire to escape can indeed cause more harm than good, as Prufrock finds out. One cannot escape from reality, and living in a dream state can cause someone to experience more pain since he or she, Prufrock in this case, has to relive this process all over again: living in dreamland and coming back to reality. Prufrock is so isolated and lonely that he starts to believe that he has to keep his thoughts to himself even though he yearns to share them with someone. Peter Lowe suggests in his article “Shelleyan Identity in T.S. Eliot’s ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’” that Prufrock, “feels that he needs to talk to somebody, to convey the insight into life that he feels he possesses, to feel for a moment that he is not alone, or to find that someone else sees the world in the same way that he does” (71). Lowe implies in his argument that even though Prufrock has this great desire to connect with someone who shares his views, he never achieves this because none of the women in the room strikes him as someone worthwhile his time. Lowe also states that Prufrock feels like he does not the “words that would command attention,” (Lowe, 72). To back up his argument he uses this line from the poem, “it is impossible to say what I mean!” (104). ... ... middle of paper ... ...eader that he no longer cares about what happens to him because it does not nor has it ever matter. He will always be ignored and he has finally understood that this is his life. T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” shows how Prufrock’s hope to escape from his world slowly disappears when he realizes he can never escape. This causes him to accept the lack of acknowledgment he feels he receives from everyone else. Before he reaches this conclusion, he used to live in this dream state until he wakes up and has to go through this process all over. J. Alfred Prufrock may not understand why no one talks to him, but this lack of acknowledgment destroys his self-esteem and self-confidence. Eliot shows how being ignored and choosing not to do anything about it can make life more painful and harsher in general, like Prufrock finds out at the end of the poem.
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