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Who is J. Alfred Prufrock

            "At times, indeed, almost ridiculous "Almost, at times, the Fool. Prufrock, a loser who has absolutely no confidence in his self. Prufrock pretends to have money but really doesn't, and people notice this, or so he thinks. He seems very down on himself, even suicidal. He, in short, feels like he has no place on this earth and that he is just wasting time, never doing anything important, feeling average. This poem seems to represent the life of a very depressed man who feels that he has wasted his whole life with the same routine, while getting nowhere.
             Eliot insinuates that Prufrock wants to, and pretends to have money. In lines 26 and 27 Eliot says "There will be time, there will be time/to prepare a face for the faces that you will meet- and in lines 35 and 36 he says "In the room the women come and go/talking of Michelangelo."" This implies that Prufrock is at an upper class social function because he feels he needs to put up a false identity just to fit in. It is also implied by the reference to the women discussing Michelangelo, this makes the reader think of more sophisticated people and conversation because it relates to great art. .
             Prufrock obviously has absolutely zero confidence in himself. In lines 40-41 Eliot writes "With a bald spot in the middle of my hair "[They will say: "How his hair is growing thin!-]."" This shows the lack of confidence that Prufrock has in his self. This is also shown by line 44, [They will say: "But how his legs and arms are thin!- When this statement is read, it tells the reader that Prufrock feels he is not as well fed as the rest of the people he is associating with, which would have been important to the more wealthy type people in the era that this poem was written in. Also, in lines 73-74, Prufrock tells the reader that "I should have been a pair of ragged claws/Scuttling across the floors of silent seas."" Prufrock is definitely thinking to himself that he is not even worthy of the things that he has and he should be something very lowly, which again shows how much confidence he has in himself.

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