Prufrock's obsession wasn't the only thing that stopped him from asking his question, as he shows in the poem many times that he doesn't think very highly of himself. One of the bigger ones is his feelings of inadequacy.“Prufrock's self-esteem has long ago been shipwrecked” (Cervo) along with any other human-like qualities he had left.He is terrified of what will occur when people see his balding head or his slim and aging body. ") My morning coat, my collar mounting firmly to the chin, My necktie rich and modest, but asserted by a simple pin-- [They will say: "But how his arms and legs are thin!
Throughout the poem, Prufrock is met with many opportunities to change his life, yet chooses not to act upon them.
Prufrock's indecisiveness revolves around even the smallest of concerns: “And time yet for a hundred indecisions, / And for a hundred visions and revisions, / Before the taking of a toast and tea” (Eliot 32-34). This depicts Prufrock’s imprisonment in the present due to his indecisiveness.
Prufrock goes on to reveal more of his indecisive nature: “Shall I part my hair behind? His concerns with such menial things is wasting his life away, as he “grow[s] old” (120).
Though, his indecisiveness is not the only thing holding him back from moving on from his standstill life.
It holds him back from doing the things he wishes to do.
This is the sort of characteristic that makes Alfred into a tragic, doomed character.There Is No Love Without Risk: The Story of Prufrock Life is full of opportunities, whether they're a simple choice or a big risk.It's completely up to us to make these decisions, which will determine the outcome of our future. Alfred Prufrock”, we see a prime example of a man, or what's left of one, stuck in a stalemate due to his indecisiveness.The poemdeals with the aging and fears associated with it of the narrator.Prufrock is not confident with himself mentally or his appearance.He continues to obsess about what will happen if he were to ask his question, leading him to not ask at all.This question would be the answer to most of Prufrock’s problems."Should I, after tea and cakes and ices, Have the strength to force the moment to it's crisis?"(79-80) His apprehensiveness in his love life, is very troublesome for him indeed.Expressing any kind of affection to her is awkward and difficult.Prufrock knows what he must say but cannot bring himself to say it.