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In The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock TS Eliot uses allusions as well as imagery to develop his theme that life is too short to allow fears hesitation to stop us from living true to dreams of happiness because we will all be judged in the end This multi-layered poem is the internal monologue of the character J Alfred Prufrock Prufrock is a man who has let his daydreams cripple him with self-doubt and illusions of failure He is a character who cannot reconcile his thoughts and understanding with his feelings and will He allows his fears of being labeled to paralyze his actions Prufrocks character seems too pitiful to be tragic Eliot does not directly say what the character Prufrock is feeling instead he utilizes the works of others such as Dante to clarify his thoughts and his universe The beginning of the poem is from Dantes Inferno The original work describes a hellish place where spirits are in the forms of flames and the character is asked to describe his life He tells his story only because he believes no one will hear it By alluding to Dantes Inferno Eliot has accomplished two things The first was to set the tortured and torn tone of Prufrocks mind as well as the poem The second was to hint at the theme live true to ones self because we will not return to this earth Eliot chooses to portray Prufrock as having a fragile self-image He does not feel that he deserves a lover His self-image is show in lines 41 and 45 when he imagines that the women are remarking about how bald and thin he is Lines 55 and 56 shown that he is being judged I have known the eyesThe eyes that fix you in a formulate phrase He can tell that he is being labeled by the way people look at him The thought of being
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