This poem conveys the protagonist as someone who is indecisive and often has trouble relating to women; he fears having his sexual advances turned down. Eliot, forces the reader through an arduous “verbal maze”, while slowly revealing his intentions. The themes of fear of aging and mortality, alienation and regression can all be interpreted from this poem. Prufrock's anxiety due to his fear of aging draws the reader's attention to the theme of self-consciousness or fear of aging and mortality. “And indeed there will be time/To wonder, “Do I dare?” and, “Do I dare?
Prufrock is trapped in this artificial world, however he is too afraid to escape - he asks himself if he dares "to disturb the universe"; and apparently, he doesn't. The poem is also ambiguous regarding the identity of Prufrock's audience. Prufrock refers clearly to a "you and I" in the first stanzas of the poem but later... ... middle of paper ... ... he feels uncomfortable with Hamlet's "Prince" and the qualities associated with it. J. Alfred Prufrock is a tragic figure in his own right; indecision being his tragic flaw. Eliot's character is a compelling portrait of insecurity, trapped in a rigid and materialistic environment by his own doubts and fears and unable to reconcile his desires with his actions.
Apparently, Eliot directly tells the reader the internal conflict of the speaker of the poem, who is greedy of love but fears for the responsibility that comes with it. What this setting in the poem reflects is the emptiness and weakness of folks in modern
He claims that there will be much time to do things in the social world. Prufrock is more of an anti-hero that is controlled by fear. T.S Eliot uses tone, allusions, and imagery to explain a man’s inability to make decisions and his own self confidence in life in which he is afraid of the outlook of his future by being misunderstood. The tone of the poem is described as a weary, self-depressed outlook. He is uncertain about life and his place in it.
The anonymity of the third person ‘they’ represents his inability to connect and forge meaningful relationships because of this paranoia. This exploration of fear and doubt continues throughout the poem as Prufrock poses a profound question, ‘Do I dare disturb the universe?’ Use of this rhetorical question conveys the tension between Prufrock’s realization that it is beneficial to reject complacent acceptance of designated identities and his belief that in order to belong he has to conform. Living and experiencing our contemporary society we can relate to Prufrock’s internal struggle by acknowledging this tension between conforming to societal expectations and developing our own identity. Eliot effectively admonishes against being caught in this state of Prufrockian paralysis, whereby people are paralyzed by doubt and social insecurity. He conveys how the ontological journey to self-knowledge is hindered by self-doubt and our struggle to connect and communicate meaningfully with others.
Another suggestion of aging and how it anguishes the emotions is the stereotype old men have of faltering when trying to communicate ideas with people. The repetition of words the narrator uses like 'vision and revision';, illustrates his feelings of inadequacy in communicating with the people around him. Moreover, his insecurity and low self-esteem obscures his love life greatly. It hinders him from doing the things he wishes to do. The woman he is in love with is younger than he is and this is emotionally painful for him.
In the first line of the above stanza his persona represents not him but his observation of what inner psychological conflicts middle aged P... ... middle of paper ... ...te and bare” (55) again subtly indicating the character’s desperation, perversion and exhaustion in matters of the heart. Finally Prufrock has a series of questions giving an open view to his unsuccessful attempts at women. His insecurities keep him from doing the things he wants to do and unable to express his true feelings to women. Prufrock ponders, “Should I begin” “Should I then presume”, and seems to know what he wants to say, but doesn't have the confidence to put his feelings into words. He constantly self-introspects throughout the poem:” Do I dare?”(38), “So how should I presume?”(54) “Then how should I begin” (59) and the questions further drown him in his depths of isolation.
However, over the course of the poem, Prufrock seems to be shining an almost pathetic light on himself. This is most clearly shown through his failure actually to succeed in his “love song” and acquire a lover, his allusions to Hamlet and fools, and his constant worry over what seem to be trivial anxieties. Because the poem is a “love song,” it is immediately apparent that women will play a very large role throughout the poem. The fact that the women in this particular poem can be placed under one of two categories, neither of which contains attainable objects of Prufrock’s affection, is a prominent example of his failure. The first grouping contains women of Prufrock’s class who are ultimately undesirable to him.
He has a thinking that if he does so, it will come out as a huge mess. This makes him say that he is no “Prince Hamlet nor was he meant to be”. He goes ahead to refer to himself as an “attendant lord” or “the fool1” In summary “The Love song of J.A. Prufrock by T.S Eliot” is a poem speaking about a man in search for something to save him from the dull life he has been living. Prufrock is a timid person who is very conscious about what other people think of him and this mind set affects his actions by a great deal.
The duplicity of Man, lack of communication among Men, and Man’s isolation are three basic predicaments of Man, making him more and more alienated. Although, these motifs are common to Eliot’s poetry the writer here tries to trace them in his “Love Song” (The Waste Land and Other Poems 12). The sense of duplicity within the modern man is a major motif in Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” (12). In this poem the hero, Prufrock, is helplessly caught in an interminable quarrel between his own desire to live by himself and the obligation to submit to the social conventions. Eric Sigg in his book, The American T.S.