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. T.S. 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 Dante’s “Infernio”. This particular stanza explains that the speaker is in hell and the message
can only be
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young passionate men.
Men whose physical appearance and less stuffy lifestyle will attract the “mermaids”(124). He
concedes “I do not think that they will sing to me.”(125) Prufrock leaves us with the thought of
how life and society can force us from our dreams and sink us with reality. “We have lingered in
the chambers of the sea/ By sea-girls wreathed with seeweed red and brown/ Till human voices
wake us, and we drown.”(129-131)