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A Freudian Psychoanalytical Interpretation of The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock

Kai Xu


This paper aims to employ Freud’s psychoanalysis theory to analyse the protagonist in The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock.By studying Prufrock’s desire for love and his attempt to break the cage that forced on his id by society.However,his failure is doomed as the repression of his libido causes his regression of life desire.Thus he is to“old”and weak to make his proposal.So he will definitely be“drown”in the sea of disillusionment of modern society.


The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock;Freud;Libido;Psychological Analysis

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18686/ahe.v7i35.12493