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There is a difference between the way Prufrock sees himself and the way the poem reveals him to us He dramatises himself as a sensitive and slightly tragic figure the poem exposes him as comic Does this correspond to your own reading of The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock In the poem The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock Prufrock sees himself as a victim social status He believes that he is constantly being analysed by others and that he has been alienated from society However Prufrocks way of life is not comic but is rather the opposite in that he is insecure unable to make clear decisions melodramatic and reserved It is clear that in order to get what he wants Prufrock has to be realistic accept his life and his personality In the poem Prufrocks main interest lies in the upper class women in the room the women come and go Talking of Michelangelo He is also struggling to leave his previous life behind him to join the more cultured and civilised society The frequently repeated question How should I presume demonstrates that Prufrock believes he is attempting to presume a status which isnt rightfully his Thus he regards himself as a victim of social status who is unable to alter his standing in English society This view is also evident in the line No I am not Prince hamlet nor was meant to be Am an attendant lord where Prufrock downsizes his role in society saying that he is destined to remain a minor character and is unable to take on a major role in society The metaphor when I am formulated sprawling on a pin When I am pinned and wriggling on the wall suggests that Prufrock feels threatened by people believing that they are constantly judging analysing and categorising him similar to an insect which has been pinned on a board for observation Throughout the poem
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