Being Different From Society In The Lovesong Of J. Alfred Prufrock

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Being different from society often leads to exclusion and the over complication of even the smallest things. Due to a constant existing fear of society's response to what an individual may feel, an individual may maintain a feeling of isolation and would not want to demonstrate their feelings. When someone is different, they question every move they make because of how everyone else might react to the situation. T.S. Eliot’s poem, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”, is about a well educated and modern man who wants to ask a woman a very significant question. In the poem, it never specifically says what the question is, but it is likely about marriage or about her feelings for Prufrock. Prufrock is a middle aged and lonely man that has doubts over whether he should ask her or not, due to the fact that society will criticize him. Due to the fact that Prufrock knows that society is cruel and unforgiving, he chooses not to interact with the women in the end. Throughout the poem he continually ponders…show more content…
Prufrock is a well educated and shy man, but he is also able to notice the flaws in society. He is able to realize how people are materialistic and focus too much on what they have, rather than the bare necessities of human interaction. Everyone must learn to communicate effectively, but people are too cruel to see past just what they see on the surface. Prufrock’s able to witness distinctions between society and himself, but at the same time he is only setting himself apart from everyone else. His looks and thoughts set him apart from society, but he realizes that he will never really fit in, so he does not bother trying to be someone he is not. The idea of fear from what others have to say about Prufrock and what the woman might say is what, in the end, causes him to keep to himself, while at the same time remaining his true
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