How do Fifth Business, Hamlet and The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock connect?
It is difficult and quite possibly fruitless to compare and seek to connect such disparate works of literature as these three are.
Fifth Business is about a young man (first as a boy) who tries to find his way through life after an unfortunate accident gave him a guilty relationship with a woman whose life was altered because of a rock-loaded snowball meant for him.
Hamlet is about a young man who seeks to define his role and selfhood in a conflicting situation after receiving a command to seek revenge from his dead father and King.
J. Alfred Prufrock is about a young man who is lamenting his ineptitude romance for a woman he loves from afar.
One might say, if one needed to find a connection between the three dissimilar works, that the connection is that in each a young man is struggling to find his identity in difficult circumstances.
Fifth Business: I felt myself tied to her by the certainty that I was responsible for her straying wits, the disorder of her marriage, and the frail body of the child who was her great delight in life.
I do not know
Why yet I live to say 'This thing's to do;'
Sith I have cause and will and strength and means
To do't. Examples gross as earth exhort me:
... How stand I then,
That have a father kill'd, a mother stain'd,
Excitements of my reason and my blood,
And let all sleep? (IV, iv)
J. Alfred Prufrock: And indeed there will be time
To wonder, "Do I dare?" and, "Do I dare?"
Time to turn back and descend the stair,
It is impossible to say just what I mean!