What evidence is there to show that Prufrock is confused?

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Prufrock is clearly confused as indicated by the repetition of questions to himself or the reader throughout the poem. Repetition of lines such as –

 Do I dare?

Three times in the same stanza show his is unsure of his own courage. He also repeats -

How should I presume?

 as a final line to the next two stanzas. Here he indicates that he could be taking for granted that his position is important, when he constantly asserts that he is weak and inconsequential  -

 At times, indeed, almost ridiculous—
Almost, at times, the Fool.

Prufrock also jumps from the minutiae of daily existence to the vastness of universal thought, best exemplified in the line

 I have measured out my life with coffee spoons;

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The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

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