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Dear Erica How are you Dont stress too much on your English exam on youll begin to grow a bald spot if you havent realised that phrase is from Prufrock Well let me assist you by revealing my feelings and analysis on TS Eliots issues and concerns Since Ive only studied The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock Portrait of a Lady Rhapsody on a Windy Night and Preludes Ill be relating my explanation to those poems The human conditions that Eliot represents are trivial struggle pessimism depersonalisation despair and desolation His views of women are misogynistic and being involved in sordid activities Eliots poems deal with the psychological impasse of the sensitive person from whom life has been withheld Both Prufrock and Portrait of a Lady depict self-conscious philosophical characters who are unable to act and fear the chance of acting As portrayed in Prufrock the character is hesitant yet questions actions that are risky and difficult Do I dare Disturb the universe He is unable to act through the limitations of his inner self but is equally limited by the social standards and public views of life Prufrock struggles with the concept of asking the overwhelming question This may refer to one of the women in the room whom he is unable to ask to marry him The male observer in Portrait of a Lady also illustrates his inaction apathy and numbness towards the older lady with whom he has a detached relationship The imagery of the fog that is personified in Prufrock suggests the vacillation of humans deciding to act The fog merely lingers outside and eventually curled about the house and fell asleep Both characters are confronted by the difficulty of action rather than its unpleasantness Prufrock and Portrait of a lady conveys specifically emotional inaction while Preludes illustrates physical inaction as the woman in the third stanza struggles sluggishly to pull herself out of bed The observers within
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