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Lost Hope; Analysis of The Waste Land by TS Eliot

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Faisal Al-Madani English-IB-11 January 18, 2010 Lost Hope Hope, a necessity of survival, is only available in the light of this dark world. TS Eliot is conveys this hope to be of no existence due to the darkness of the world. This darkness comes from the wars and the hope of reformation us nowhere to be found. TS Elliot specifically conveys this theme of lost hope in the lines 331-359 in the poem of "The Waste Land" through the use of allusions, extended metaphors, and spacing. Throughout this piece of art, TS Eliot includes several interrelated allusions, and emphasizes The Fisher King in these lines specifically. One can interpret that the rocks mentioned in this stanza represent the war wounds of The Fisher King, and the water represents his hope of being cured. "Here is no water but only rock/ Rock and no water in the sandy road/.../ If there were water we should stop and drink/ Amongst the rock one cannot stop or think"(TS Eliot, "The Waste Land"). ...read more.


One can find lost hope through the extended metaphor emerging throughout the lines. The water is a metaphor of the hope of the reformation of the world. "Here is no water but only rock/ Rock and no water in the sandy road" (TS Eliot, "The Waste Land"). "But dry sterile thunder without rain" (TS Eliot, "The Waste Land"). "If there were water/ And no rock/ And also water/ And water" (TS Eliot, "The Waste Land"). "But there is no water" (TS Eliot, "The Waste Land"). One can improvise that the speaker is in search of water, a necessity of life, and cannot find it anywhere. This suggests life to be hopeless after it has been 'destroyed' by the Word Wars. One can also observe that all the signs of hope have been destroyed. The rocks represent all the barriers of hope. ...read more.


in which there is injury and darkness but no chance of hope. On the other hand, TS Eliot shows the reader that there is a chance of hope, but that chance is like a needle in a haystack. One can observe this in lines 346-359 of "The Waste Land." These lines are composed of a few words, giving a vast space after each line. The space represents the chance of hope, but the space is too much to the point that it is conveyed as negative space, proving the point that hope is no where to be found. Throughout "The Waste Land," TS Eliot sticks to the theme of lost hope. He specifically defines this in the lines 331-359 through allusions, extended metaphors and spacing techniques. TS Eliot conveys several other themes within the poem. These themes can include deception, confusion, and many more. One can interpret these themes through thoroughly reading "The Waste Land" and 'breaking' it apart. ...read more.

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