Essay about Prufrock Analysis

888 Words Mar 30th, 2013 4 Pages
Angelo Margherone-Ambris
English 2
Prufrock Essay

Insecurities are an inevitable part of life, everyone posses their own. Similarly, in the poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T.S Eliot, the narrator dwells on his own insecurities when trying to find his place in life. Prufrock gives any excuse so he does not have fit in with high society. Eliot's poem utilizes many repeated refrains, including: "there will be time", "for I have known" and "do I dare”, highlighting the narrator’s lack of self-confidence. Prufrock repeats the phrase "there will be time" emphasizing his antisocial tendencies. When questioning wether or not he should start
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Prufrock demonstrates this as he states: "For I have known them all already, known them all: Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoon"(49-50). Here, Prufrock feels nothing will change for him and believes he already knows how life works for someone like him. This gives Prufrock the idea he should not attempt to do anything in life because it won't work out in his favor. "And I have known the eyes already, known them all- The eyes that fix you in a formulated phrase"(55-56). The eyes represent Prufrock's paranoia and feeling that he's being watched and judged. He also feels the need to fit into a certain image he feels not suited for himself. Intimidation plays a big role in Prufrock's hesitation especially as he states "And I have known the arms already, known them all— Arms that are braceleted and white and bare (But in the lamplight, downed with light brown hair!) Is it perfume from a dress That makes me so digress?"(62-63). Although Prufrock believes he will be judged he judges others and and assumes how they will perceive him. He thinks he knows how women work, demonstating why he hesitates when deciding wether or not to take a chance. All in all, believing he already knows the outcome of certain situations, Prufrock still questions if he should make something of himself. T.S Eliot utilizes the phrase "do I dare" to highlight Prufrock's lack of assurance. To wonder, “Do I dare? and, Do I dare? Time to turn back and descend the

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