Prufock and Hamlet


J. Alfred Prufrock also engaged in the same actions. He also questions, rationalizes and procrastinates, but in a slightly different order. Prufrock questions, procrastinates, then rationalizes. Prufrock questions his whole existence as well as the people at the party. Prufrock fears that the people at the party will not accept him. Prufrock procrastinates because he fears rejection and is not confident enough to speak out. He sees the people as shallow, "Known them already, known them all" (Eliot 49). The phrase "In the room where the women come and go Talking of Michelangelo" (Eliot 13,14), describes how Prufrock sees the women as having a bit of intelligence, but lack depth. He also procrastinates because he fears that the partygoers will gossip about him:

They will say: "How his hair is growing thin!aE

My morning coat, my collar mounting firmly on my chin,

My necktie and modest, but asserted by a simple pin-

They will say, "But how his arms and legs are thin!aE (Eliot



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