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"Hollow Men" Explication.

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Gurpreet Singh 1st Period English Mr. Little November 12, 2003 "Hollow Men" Explication "We are the hollow men We are the stuffed men" Empty and full. Considering the speaker of this fraternity of contradictions is a singular being (it can be a human, or even a rock) representing the many of its kind, it resembles the likes of a scarecrow...or perhaps a mannequin along the lines of those seen on CNN representing a Bush with a monstrously big nose put on flames. A scare crow with straw. Stuffed to the brims. A substance lacking substantiality. The straw is the substance, but each individual straw is hollow, light, one nuance of color...yet together they make a purpose...one of either being a mockery of what the U.N. puts in its record books of the only super power in the beginning of the 21st century or scaring crows away. There is a purpose amongst hollow grounds, a purpose for the straw to be compacted together. And alas, that purpose is accomplished when a "we" is achieved...not an "I." "Leaning together Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!" This reconfirms my suspicions of flitting together to achieve a statute of social approval, of a status that determines the purpose to be one of those flirting with the positive. And all they have to do is lean their heads, even the heads that are full of straw, in a virtually neuron encapsulated skull. Lean over, and take a toast to their drinks...a mere tink of the tumblers...even scotch couldn't have a more satisfying "alas" signaling a finality of finite relief. "Our dried voices, when We whisper together Are quiet and meaningless As wind in dry grass Or rats' feet over broken glass In our dry cellar" Hollow voices, minus the dew of moisture. Yet this phrase is a complete antithesis of my hastily drawn theory within the time frame of how long my eye lids can venture off as those determined jackasses to avoid flitting down (yes Mr. ...read more.


transposes to now adopting exchanging personalities, not just evolving into them. Out in the open, with rat coats, cow coats, cat coats, dog coats...yet since when an eye saw the flesh underneath the hair of the cow with the exception of stripping it off...never. It is a nook for safety...to crawl into when that eye looms and the nudity of oneself, not meant to be violated, is unzipped before the eye. "Behaving as the wind behaves No nearer -" This signals the wind going through the dry fields as mentioned above and entirely beats the purpose of explicating this poem chunk by chunk when there are many allusions within the text itself...references running about all over the place. The wind as mentioned earlier, was foreshadowing a raspy future of sorts, and as for "no nearer" it can possibly symbolize as then again, the denial in facing it, even closer. "Not that final meeting In the twilight kingdom" The final meeting refers to as death as an obligatory object...one that one's own actions place it as. At best, another version of obligatory death can be that of leaning towards the good or the bad...not for being part of the both, nor retaining anything in the middle. Yet this translation doesn't not correlate with the multiple personalities as stated somewhere above...making this the second case against any form of two-faces, making it a strong enough of a resolve to prove me wrong. "This is the dead land This is cactus land" Death can be perceived by many as in many forms...either hostile, lurking in a grave, limp, evil, or at times even following a few "yo' mama" insults. Yet in every case, death has this negative tinge to it, as if it were a loss in hope, a loss in substance, or just a simple loss altogether. If it is a loss, then death signifies a permanent loss, for it the word "death" is this extremity with an impact shared with extremes...extremely vital. ...read more.


This reminds me of the civilization/culture aspect of Invisible Man, for it is parallel to the concept that the culture may be responsible, yet the civilization does not have to accept the blame. But it can now work both ways. The civilization may take an action, but that does not necessarily mean that the culture has to follow suit. "For Thine is Life is For Thine is the" That shadow is life. Let's face it. This seems to be the proclamation the hollow men have to offer, that the shadow is what there it is worthy to live. And at the same time, that is strike two for my extremities of evil/good theory as well for the shadow rests right in between of the idea and the reality, between the potency and existence, and so forth. There might was well be no investment in resting in an extreme, but dwelling right in the middle like a herd of cows roaming in unison. "This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends Not with a bang but a whimper" Elliot drafts a rather appealing synopsis (in literary terms that is, not in reality) of death. Death will come, but what is with all the ruckus over it? It has come ever since the hollow men existed, and logic provides that in order not to be hollow men, we shall not strive towards death. Then what other imminent goal is left for us to provide effort for? Death will come to us all...the Mercedes, the mansions, the fat wallets, only come to a select few. Yet is wealth only what we can build after when that too is not carried through that public bus we call death? If it is imminent, then it rarely catches the hollow men by surprise. At the very least, they no what to suspect, as hollow as they are, surprise doesn't cling on easily, for what substance is there to cling on to? ...read more.

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