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 frustrated, "I have
measured out my ...

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He has always done what he was socially supposed to do, instead of
yielding to his own natural feelings. He wrestles with his desires to change
his world and with his fear of their rejection. He imagines how foolish he
would feel if he were to make his proposal only to discover that the woman had
never thought of him as a possible lover; he imagines her brisk, cruel response;
"That is not what I meant, at all."
He imagines that she will want his head on a platter and they did with
the prophet John the Baptist. He also fears the ridicule and snickers of other
men when she rejects him.
Prufrock imagines "And would it have been worth it, after all," and if
she did not reject him it would bring him back to life and he could say "I am
Lazarus, come from the dead."
Prufrock decides that he lacks the will to make his declaration. "I am
not Prince Hamlet," he says; he will not, like Shakespeare's character, attempt
to shake off his doubts and "force the moment to crisis." He feels ...

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