The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock's Fear Of Love

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Love is often portrayed as a beneficial and a desiredwanted emotion because it bears the results of feeling good. When seen from the outside, only the good parts of relationships involving love are seen, such as others holding hands and spending quality time together. Therefore, many gain the misconception that love is a picture-perfect emotion that they end up longing for. Although love appears to not have conflict, romantic love makes those who receive it initially feel joy and happiness, but subsequently make them feel animosity, anguish, and carelessness.
Grief and fear are the result of love after the inaugural feelings of comfort and delight that come from the happiness of love. Amid the uncertainty Prufrock has to express his love, Eliot writes “And in short, I was afraid.” (86) Eliot reveals part of Prufrock’s
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By acknowledging Prufrock’s fear of love, Eliot directs that love over time will eventually evolve into emotions such as anxiety. Eliot also uses the idiom “in short” to articulate that Prufrock has gone through many conflicts with love, but in all he “was afraid” and felt concern and despair as a result of love, even after he originally drew interest in love. Further, Prufrock’s fear of love after his encounter with it exhibits that unease can conclude experiences with love. Moreover, Cleary comes to a resolution that “Love is a misleading affliction” (2:53) after discussing the ideas of Siddhārtha Gautama, more commonly known as the Buddha. Cleary goes on to describe that the Buddha characterized love as that “we are trying to satisfy our base desires” (3:04) but romantic love ends up becoming a “great source of suffering.” (3:13) Through the ideas of the Buddha that our “base desires” such as romantic love cause “great suffering,” Cleary comes to the resolution that love at first is appealing because of its emotions of contentment, although

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