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  1. Hollow Men T.S. Eliot

  2. Notes • This is Eliot’s nightmare vision of the world where the silent majority are living in a wasteland ruled by violence. • Hollow Men begin with two Allusions: Literary & historical- he wants to paint or draw a picture of how he sees the world

  3. Literary Allusion Historical Allusion Guy Fawkes: Gunpowder Plot Unsuccessful revolutionary • Kurtz: Heart of Darkness • Dark-eyed devil of immense power & unlimited capacity for action

  4. Wasteland of the Hollow Men • Initial images tell us that the Hollow Men are Scarecrows • Leaned together for strength with no power but to flex off each other • The contrast of these two types of people • Dried voices that whisper, Rats, dry cellars • Images of desolation of this dry wasteland • Death’s Kingdom

  5. Death’s Other Kingdom • New characters & marks a new world • Eyes see directly • Positive images of beauty, radiance, strength, & vitality • Singing

  6. Section IV • Assures the reader that the “eyes are not here” and that the land in still desolate • Back to the Death’s Kingdom • There is a clear division between the two kingdoms and can be crossed with those who “direct eyes” by use of a river (styx?)

  7. Section V • “Prickly pear”= cactus and is being circled by a group of hollow men • Attempting to pray the lord’s prayer, chant • But know that there end will be a pathetic “whimper”

  8. Meaning • Beings of the modern world have two options: living death or death • Represented by the two kingdoms • Eliot prefers evil, violent figures who see things as they are over the nondescript silent majority • The hollow men break organized convention and try to start new rituals

  9. The only hope is sight which the hollow men don’t have, and they can’t bare to see the truth of their emptiness, and can’t bare the realization of what they are even if it is for a chance to be better- • Represented by the direct eyes, blooming rose, perpetual star=hope/sight