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In the poem The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock by T S Eliot the main character J Alfred Prufrock is seen as an anti-hero His character and identity comes through strongly in the poem as a shy and introverted man who is socially inept extremely self conscious lacking in self confidence and wallowing in self-pity yet desiring for people to notice him The composer shows this through his use of allusions powerful imagery to create vignettes of Prufrocks life and the form of the poem as a disorderly train of thought implying rather than telling Throughout the poem TS Eliot uses many allusions in order to illustrate Prufrocks character and identity The first such allusion is to the biblical character John the Baptist in lines 83-83 Though I have seen my head grown slightly bald brought in upon a platter I am no prophet - and heres no great matter This allusion refers to the fact that John the Baptist was executed by Salome and brought to her on a platter and that Prufrock sees himself in a same position as a sacrifice to women This reflects the fact that he is self conscious and cautious when it comes to relationships Another allusion to a biblical character was to Lazarus who like the character in the epigraph at the beginning of the poem went to hell but came back to life and talked about it This allusion like the epigraph is parallel to the poem Prufrock sees himself as being in hell because of his lack of social ability and like the person in the epigraph wants to talk about his experiences because he feels that he will never get out of it TS Eliot uses I and you to show the two sides to Prufrock his outer side as the conservative gentleman which is how the rest of the world perceives him and his inner side the socially inept and shy being
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