The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock Questions and Answers
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Is this thesis statement good? "In T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" the literary allusions (references to other works) help explain Prufrock's problems to the reader."

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Yes, I agree with others. Your thesis is acceptable at this stage, but could be greatly improved through further precise mention of the various problems as suggested in the very helpful posting above in #4. Your essay will then be clearly signposted as your main body paragraphs will addres each of Prufrock's many problems in turn and explain how the allusions illustrate them.

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I agree with #3--your thesis is too vague. It's good that you can identify the allusions and that they help illustrate Prufrock's problems, but you must be specific in stating what the problems are.

Eliot, in his poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," uses allusions to clearly illustrate Prufrock's ____(insert problems here!)_____.

I'm not sure which...

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