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There's also the association of the name. J Alfred Prufrock. J is likely "John", perhaps also his father's name, but Prufrock wishes to be something more. But "J Alfred" ends up reading as pretentious. It's part of a theme of pretension and failure: the overblown title, the Italian preface, the allusions to timidity in the face of sex ("do I dare eat a peach"!). The genius of Eliot is in hinting just enough rather than going too far (eg: "J Alfred Prufrock III, Esq" would be too much), so the style reinforces the theme.