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What is an example of a symbol in The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, and how does it...

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Posted September 1, 2011 at 6:31 AM via web

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What is an example of a symbol in The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, and how does it relate to the theme or story as a whole?

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hannahtran77 | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 10, 2011 at 9:37 AM (Answer #1)

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A symbol in the poem is the mermaid. Mermaids are like fantasy, unreachable, unattainable and impossible to have them. Prufrock uses this image to say that happy ending ( what he wants to do: marriage for instance ) is so far way that he can never be able to reach it. therefore describe his feeling of being hopeless and disappointed.

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