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Summary Of The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock

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As T.S Eliot writes “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”, he gives insight into a “modern man”. This modern man is recognized not only by his looks, but also by his boredom and isolation with the subject of love. As this song progresses it is easy to see that these aspects play a part into his whole life. Prufrock is not only searching for love, but is also learning much about himself during the process. J. Alfred Prufrock is a man who dresses nice and has expensive taste. This is seen through out the stanzas of 37-45. The modern man knows how to play the part of looking like a gentleman. He is nicely dressed as he talks about being in a suit with a necktie and just a simple pin to decorate it. He states this and then questions his actual appearance noting that the women will not notice due to the way his body looks. Prufrock worries that his looks are not pleasing anymore as he states, “They will say: ‘But how his arms and legs are thin!’” (Baym 44). As he says this it could be interpreted that the women might prefer a man who has a more pronounced body that is larger or with muscles, and possibly with a bigger build. Prufrock wants to look good for the women, but he is worried that all they will see are his deficits. “They will say: ‘How his hair is growing thin!’” (Baym 41), he contemplates on even if he should join in society because he does not want to be criticized for how old he looks. The thinning of his hair suggests that he is not young anymore, and the
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