The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock
1. List of characteristics:
* Desperate for love and women
* Isolated / Alienated
* Easily influenced
The narrator is a pathetic man whose anxieties and obsessions have isolated him from society. “Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels” Prufrock is tired of his paid interaction with females but fears rejection, due to his past relationships with people. After being rejected countless times he become confused. In the past it seems he could be easily manipulated, women took advantage of this thus destroying his confidence. “To wonder, “Do I dare?” and, “Do I dare?”” Prufrock struggles with making decisions for the fear that their outcomes will turn out wrong. Prufrock continually worries that he will make an idiot of himself and that people will ridicule him for his clothes, his bald spot, and his overall physical appearance. He sees only the negative side of his own life and the lives of others. In conclusion he decided to end his life and commit suicide.
“We have lingered in the chambers of the sea
By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown
Till human voices wake us, and we drown.”
The last stanza of the poem “The Love-Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” indicates that the narrator was just dreaming. By referencing sea-girl it could show Prufrock’s romantic idea of mermaids and beautiful ocean views. The last stanza of the poem could refer to the character waiting on his love to come, and when she doesn’t show he decides to commit suicide seeing as he wasn’t living happily and believed death was the only answer. It doesn’t change our understanding of the poem because throughout the poem I was aware of his miserable life and that he was on the verge of suicide. It was apparent throughout the poem that all the...
Please join StudyMode to read the full document