What character in Hamlet is like Prufrock? Significance of Prufrock admission "almost, at times" resemble a fool?Consider relationship between "the love song of j. alfred prufrock" and hamlet. Is...

 What character in Hamlet is like Prufrock? Significance of Prufrock admission "almost, at times" resemble a fool?

Consider relationship between "the love song of j. alfred prufrock" and hamlet. Is Prufrock not like Hamlet? What character in Hamlet is like Prufrock? Significance of Prufrock admission "almost, at times" resemble a fool?

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If we focus on the quote "almost, at times" a fool, we can connect Prufrock directly to the character of Hamlet. Another connection between Hamlet and Prufrock is the contemplative nature of each figure.

Hamlet purposefully plays the fool in Hamlet and engages in philosophical introspection regarding his present predicament and his future. Prufrock also engages, over the course of the poem, in philosophical introspection regarding his present and his future.

Balanced against Prufrock's morbid introversion—his fear that entering a relation with the woman he is on his way to meet will entangle him too deeply in the drab, mundane things of the world —is the fear that time is slipping away from him and making him old.

Each character maintains the perspective of an outsider and each appears with some ambivalence regarding his future and each contemplates death.

No other figures in Hamlet are quite as philosophical as Hamlet, nor are any as concerned with the problems posed by the future.

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