T S Elliot's The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock

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Loneliness is often a characteristic that goes unnoticed in people, and often loneliness is joined by feelings of unimportance and worthlessness. In the poem ?The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock,? by T.S Elliot, Prufrock?s fears that his existence is meaningless, and will endure eternal loneliness which is portrayed by his characterization. Prufrock is concerned with becoming insignificant. At the same time he is concerned with being humiliated if he attempted to act. As a result of this anxiety he never acts and as a result is rendered paralyzed and insignificant.

Prufrock portrays the need to feel significant in order to attract or attain the opposite sex. Prufrock views himself as a lonely and easily intimidated character. He sees himself on a lower level than those around him. ?Is it perfume from a dress/ That makes me so digress??(The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, T.S Elliot). When Prufrock smells the perfume from the ladies dress, he feels he is not worthy to be in a world with elegant perfumed ladies, this is why he digresses. It is this feeling of inferiority that scares Prufrock from any action, and makes him feel lonely. Another instance when Prufrock shows himself as a lonely insignificant man is the phrase ?I should have been a pair of ragged claws / Scuttling across the floors of silent seas?(Prufrock). He feels he should be separated from not only society, but from himself. He says himself that he should have been put in a place of loneliness and isolation. ?The floors of silent seas.? The farthest possible distance from humanity, where everything is silent, and Prufrock can?t be heard. With reference to the ragged claws, Prufrock feels he isn?t deserving of being an entire being, simply the pair of insignificant claws killing time...