Theme Of The Love Song Of J Alfred Prufrock

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In his timeless poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” Thomas Stearns Eliot sheds light on Europe’s devastatingly morbid backdrop after the First World War by juxtaposing the parallel concepts of loneliness and depression through the utilization of a fragmented stream of consciousness as his primary narrative mode. In view of that, T. S. Eliot accordingly employs the persona of J. Alfred Prufrock, an intensely indecisive middle-aged man who ponders an “overwhelming question” in the context of his desire to spark up a conversation with a woman. Through his self-mockery, Prufrock recognizes that he is no majestic tragic hero, no Hamlet, no John the Baptist, but rather a petty and lugubriously talkative fool trapped in a dull world of taking tea, yellow fog, and repetitive conversations; contemplating an expression of pointlessness and impotence over and over, wondering whether his life “would [be] worth it, after all” (Lines 87 and 99). Respectively, Eliot constructs a remorseful and bitter, yet romantic and pensive tone throughout the poem that explores the disillusionment of the modern…show more content…
Prufrock, in his solitude, presents two different people: a romantic dreamer that remains in a trance-like state during short-lived moments of an idealistic reality, moments of reminiscence and recollections; and a foolish panic-struck, and timid self that shies away from human contact in fear of consequences. Prufrock’s two selves, however, are both powerless in escaping reality for “[they] have heard the mermaids singing, each to each. [Though they] do not think that they will sing to [him]" (Lines 124-125). Hence Prufrock will drown whilst indulging his dreams, or he will be awoken from his bliss, only to be drowned by human
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