What is Prufrock afraid will happen if he asks his "overwhelming question?" In what thought does he take comfort? "The Love Song Of J.Alfred Prufrock"  by  T.S. Eliot

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Prufrock is a man that is all too familiar with what he is. He has aged in life, his hair has thinned and he has become frail, and yet he still wishes to make some sort of impact on the world. He wants to dare to "disturb the universe." He knows that he is no prophet or man of particular significance, and yet he is very intelligent and self-aware.

Prufrock is afraid to ask his overwhelming question quite simply because he fears that the results will be underwhelming. He worries that he will be misunderstood, to have to explain that that is not what he meant, whereas the...

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