Explication of "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock Essay

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Explication of "Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"
In T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," the author is establishing the trouble the narrator is having dealing with middle age. Prufrock(the narrator) believes that age is a burden and is deeply troubled by it.. His love of some women cannot be because he feels the prime of his life is over. His preoccupation with the passing of time characterizes the fear of aging he has. The poem deals with the aging and fears associated with it of the narrator. The themes of insecurity and time are concentrated on. This insecurity is definitely a hindrance for him. It holds him back from doing the things he wishes to do. This is the sort of characteristic that makes Alfred into a tragic,
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He also says such things as the of his thinning hair and his resulting bald spot in order to indicate the passage of age and the importance he feels now that he is past his prime: "Time to turn back and descend the stair,/ With a bald spot in the middle of my hair--/ (They will say: 'How his hair is growing thin')"(39) This shows Prufrock's fear of being laughed at.
When he speaks of time it is in a contradictory fashion. On one hand, he feels a sense of urgency as he travels to the party, because he must decide if he will ask his question. Yet, while he agonizes over whether to attempt a change in his life, he tells us time is plentiful, explaining "there will be time for you and time for me/ And time yet for a hundred indecisions / And for a hundred visions and revisions/ Before taking of the toast and tea"(32) This seems to be Prufrock trying to escape his conviction of asking the question through rationalization. Ironically, he has catered to the proprieties of high society for years, and remains unaware of how time has put the same emptiness into his own nature: "For I have known them all already, known them all/ I know the voices with a dying fall(49)/ And I have known the eyes already, known them all."(55) Prufrock talks compulsively of the party scene, but actually speaks to no one. Even as the
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