Eliot's Views of Sexuality as Revealed in the Behavior of Prufrock and

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Eliot's Views of Sexuality as Revealed in the Behavior of Prufrock and Sweeney "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" tells the story of a single character, a timid, middle-aged man. Prufrock is talking or thinking to himself. The epigraph, a dramatic speech taken from Dante's "Inferno," provides a key to Prufrock's nature. Like Dante's character Prufrock is in "hell," in this case a hell of his own feelings. He is both the "you and I" of line one, pacing the city's grimy streets on his lonely walk. He observes the foggy evening settling down on him. Growing more and more hesitant he postpones the moment of his decision by telling himself "And indeed there will be time." Prufrock is aware of his monotonous routines and is…show more content…
Sweeney is murdered by Rachel nee Rabinovitch, who I believe was engaged to Sweeney, a marriage that was arranged by her family. Rachel, "She and the lady in the cape/ Are suspect, thought to be in league"; , plotted or paid the lady in the Spanish cape to help her. The lady in the cape meets Sweeney at a tavern and undertakes to get him drunk in order to deceive him. His eyes "Are veiled, and hushed the shrunken seas," and he begins to trust the lady in the cape. "The person in the Spanish cape/Tries to sit on Sweeney's knees," she then tries to seduce Sweeney and is successful. "The silent man in mocha brown" watches the seduction and "gapes." "The silent vertebrate in brown" is in reality Rachel in disguise. Surely, Sweeney would not fall to the charms of the lady in the cape if he knew Rachel was watching. Rachel realizes what her life would be like as Sweeney's wife and is appalled. She then poison's the fruit that the waiter has brought in. The poison is starting to work for Sweeney becomes sleepy. "Therefore the man with heavy eyes/ Declines the gambit, shows fatigue." He decides not to gamble or play any games. "Leaves the room and reappears/Outside the window, leaning in" Sweeney leans in the window and dies. "Circumscribe a golden grin," Sweeney dies with a grin of his face that reveal a mouth full of gold capped teeth. Eliot becomes philosophical for the nightingales continue to sing for a
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