The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
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|American Literature||All American Literature|
Early 20th-Century American Literature
|Author||Eliot - T. S. Eliot|
|Early 20th-Century Literature||Early 20th-Century American Literature|
...the narrator has a lot on his mind.
But what is it that really has poor Prufrock so torn up?
First of all, he’s afraid to express his love, because it may not be returned.
He'll be a happy man if his lady friend loves him back...
...but what if she disses him?
The potential for romantic disaster is enough to make anyone a little crazy.
But it may be something else…
Prufrock loathes himself. Seriously, the man mentions his bald spot multiple times...
...and worries about his skinny limbs...
...and frets about his wimpiness.
He claims he “should have been a pair of ragged claws scuttling across the floor of
It's an understandable wish: at least then Prufrock wouldn't have to deal with hair loss.
Prufrock knows he's a fool...
...but he's also stuck in a world he doesn't understand, surrounded by pretentious people
with the emotional depth of a kiddie pool.
No wonder he feels so lost and unsure. So, what's got Prufrock so worked up?
Is it unrequited love?
Or is it that he feels lost… a foolish man surrounded by cruel, shallow people?
Shmoop amongst yourselves.