February 10, 2012
The Unlived Life of J. Alfred Prufrock
As people look back to past experiences in their life what do they want to remember? Do they want to remember a wonderful life full of expieriences, or a life where they never really lived? The theme of the unlived life in The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock manifests through the narrator as he truly embodies the realistic fact that some people out there are introverted, living in fear, and worrying to much about what society does not approve of them. Life is not going to live for one, one must live for life.
Introversion is presented throughout The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and presents how one person’s fear can limit their life. The character of J. Alfred Prufrock displays this attribute when he states, “And I have known the eyes already, known them all – The eyes that fix you in a formulated phrase, And when I am formulated, sprawling on a pin,When I am pinned and wriggling on the wall” (Lines 55-58). This quote gives readers the sense of Prufrock's true insecurities. It also provides evidence into how he wanted to blend in and not really socialize at all. Prufrock again states, “There will be time, there will be time to prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet“ This shows how prufrock did not feel ready for society, another form of introversy. It also procides insight into the fact that Prufrock seperated himself from people and that he fealt unready for interaction. Lastly Prufrock again states, “And indeed there will be timeTo wonder, ‘Do I dare?‘ and, ‘Do I dare?‘“ This hsows how Prufrock was so estranged from society and how introverted he was. It also gives a sense of hope and a want to break this introversy with the statements of “Do i dare “.
Another clear point that is presented by the Author is Prufrock’s life of fear. As Prufrock said,“With a bald spot in the middle of my hair They will say: ‘How his hair is growing thin!‘”(Lines...