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The Id, Ego, and Also Super-Ego in T.S. Eliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

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T.S. Eliot's poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" is occupied by both a richly constructed world and character plus one is able to categorize the spaces at "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" to coincide with Prufrock's mind. Eliot employs the architecture of the 3 places described in the text to explore components of Prufrock's mind in the Freudian sorts of id, ego, and super-ego; the town that's described becomes the funniest, the room where he encounters girls his Id and the imagined ocean spaces his Super Ego. Eliot is obscure in his proposal of Prufrock's viewers, only referring to this listener once using "you and I;"(1) nevertheless, by assessing Eliot's intertextual addition of the passage by Dante's Inferno and Prufock's personality one can speculate that the protagonist is Prufrock himself, also a single step further, that it's an inner and psychological debate. The passage from Dante's Inferno acts as a terrifying introduction to Prufrock's head: "If I thought I had been replying someone Who could return to the world, This fire would be still; But because nobody has returned alive from this depth, If what I hear is correct, I respond without dread of ill repute." (CITATION) This quote indicates that Prufrock is telling his travel companion the very intimate details of the existence; that what's said in the poem can be said in all verity. But, there is no hint anywhere in the poem which Prufrock's character would be comfortable participating with anyone, let alone tell them of his greatest shortcomings and dread. It seems unlikely that the 'I' referred to in the poem is still just another individual, and equally as improbable that Prufrock has said the words aloud whatsoever. Concerned that his smallest action and mu...

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