Eliot's Views Of Sexuality As Revealed In The Behavior Of Prufrock And Sweeney


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

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than his own. "To prepare a face to meet
the faces that you meet." 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 ...

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