The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock Essay

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“The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Elliot is in part a satire. It was written in the form of a dramatic monologue delivered by the poem’s speaker, J. Alfred Prufrock. It begins with him asking an unknown “you” to accompany him on a walk. The two walk through town and stumbles upon women talking about Michelangelo at a social event. The women’s bare arms and long dresses show off their knowledge of art. Prufrock wishes to talk to the women and is attracted to them sexually but he is afraid. The story tells of a man who at first seems lonely and longing for companionship. Yet with further investigation one can find a man who is suffering through a mid-life crisis, a mental break down within himself. Do you think love is blind? J. Alfred Prufrock is afraid to approach the women because of his age and the way he is dressed. Prufrock has a bald spot and he is self-conscious about it. Just by reading the title of this poem, the theme of love is obviously present. Although, when reading the title you may think this poem was about a love story about a couple or something along those lines but it turns out different then the reader would expect. The love song of J. Alfred Prufrock is weakly imbedded with love. Prufrock’s unsure attitude causes him to miss out on opportunity. He never actually acts upon his feelings for the women talking about Michelangelo. In the poem he asks, “Do I dare?” as if he has something to risk. He almost overcomes his fear and talks to the

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