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Love Lust or Lackluster Lifestyle The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock demonstrates the effects of social and economic pressure in the life of a Victorian man TS Eliot shows us in an ironic monologue how the reality of age and social position paralyzes his character with fear The poem opens with six lines from Dantes Infernio This particular stanza explains that the speaker is in hell and the message can only be told to someone else in hell The speaker tells us that it is OK for the listener to hear the message since in order to hear you must already be in hell and no one ever returns from there So the message will never leave I believe Eliot uses this message to infer that only a reader who understands the loneliness and desperation of Prufrock can truly understand the poem However in my research I have found as many different interpretations of the poem as I have found readers Most agree however that Prufrock is speaking to the reader when he says you and ILine 1 Many readers also agree that Prufrock is a lonely man but what type of company he desires seems to vary greatly Interpretations include sex social company long term love and even death I believe Prufrock yearns for the sense of belonging both with a female and with his society He struggles with issues of sex age and social change The beginning lines of the poem1-25 paint for a very descriptive picture of the street where Prufrock is walking It also alerts the reader of Prufrocks distaste for this area and this society He describes it as have desertedmutteringone-night cheap hotels and sawdust restaurants5-7 He contrasts that with his destination of a room where women come and goTalking of Michelangelo1314 Prufrock doesnt give the reader much insight into his thoughts until line 26 From this line forward we get a glimpse of what it must be
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