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The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock Notion of the shell In this poem the narrator has a severe confidence problem and is therefore extremely disillusioned and stuck in his shell In this disillusionment he handles everyday events with extreme analysis and over-cautious action He makes himself believe that he is too different from the rest of the world and therefore it does not accept him The speaker who is undoubtedly Prufrock never engages in conversation with the woman because he becomes frightened and feels as if he is not good enough for her or anyone else Prufrocks disillusionment is evident throughout the entire poem and prohibits him from obtaining the desire of intimately meeting the woman because of his identity Prufrock has an idea that he will create a new exciting personality so that he may approach the women and become familiar with them The speaker is continuously commenting on his appearance He is extremely self-conscious Prufrock says Shall I part my hair behind line 122 He feels that if he changes his appearance than the women will like him Prufrock wants to put up a front that will make him more attractive to women He discusses getting rid of his old boring self and creating a new one when he says There will be time there will be time To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet There will be time to murder and create 28 He prepares his new personality in his mind going over and over again what he will say and how he will act Then when the moment of testing arrives he freezes He is trapped in his shell and even if he wants to break out he cant His entrapment leads him to difficult confrontations with others Prufrock can never push pass polite conversation for the fear of rejection Socially he knows the people well line 49 and he struggles with the thought
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