One tension “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” seems tremendously concerned with is whether or not the modern subject is capable of communicating any essential sense of subjectivity.
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The theme of communication or lack of it can be seen in much of Elliot’s work. The speaker simply is unable to formulate his true feelings despite the recipient being a man or a woman. This failure to communicate his feelings is stifling for the speaker. It is a result perhaps a symptom of very conservative society he belongs to and his inability to look vulnerable. The speaker is unable to say what he really wants to; instead we see snippets of Prufrock’s mind like streets, fog, the room….We are never really sure of what is going on beneath the recesses of his soul.