Symbol Analysis Of Prufrock

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Analysis of Prufrock

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock written by T. S. Eliot is the tragic story of one man who desperately looks for love ,yet, fears nothing more. The reader is taken with Prufrock on a cryptic walk through murky streets and hushed voices until he can come to terms with the essence of his life. Through the use of Eliot’s symbols and imagery, transformation of setting,sexual attraction and changes through age Prufrock’s masks the catastrophe that is evolved from a walk in the streets to the darkness of the ocean floor.
Eliot’s word choice in the symbols and imagery he delivers to the reader is enough to make anyone feel like they are actually in the poem taking the funereal stroll with Prufrock. As the poem commences we are invited to take a walk with Prufrock. Yet much unlike the
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In the first stanza we get a glimpse of just how perilous this tour is going to be when the speaker says, “Streets that follow like a tedious argument” (8) The winding streets are compared to an argument in the way that they make people lost and confused. Prufrock doesn’t know where exactly it is that he’s going, he is just a sad misplaced man looking for the answer to “an overwhelming question”(10). The reader also sees that Prufrock often mentions eating and drinking tea as we go on the tour with him, yet we never actually see him eat. At one point Prufrock asks the question “Do I dare to eat a peach?”(122). This along with his lack of confidence suggests Prufrock struggles with his weight and is constantly contemplating whether or not he should eat. He even generates the statement, “They will say: “But how his arms and legs are thin!” (44). After all in his mind, no woman would ever want a middle-aged, scrawny man who is already balding. Prufrock 's insecurities also tie in to how he views

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