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  1. T. S. Eliot described the use of myth in modern literary works as a way of controlling, of ordering. Do the mythical and classical references in The Waste Land help to give it order and shape, or make it more fragmentary and disordered?

    The various mythical and classical allusions made by Eliot in the Wasteland ? and there are several ? allow the poem to act as a sophisticated metaphor of why Eliot believes that Europe should return to its cultural traditions and a time when people were united, rather than continue to place materialism and superficiality above everything else, as this is what arguably led to the political arguments which caused the World War in the first place. One example of literal fragmentation in Eliot?s poem is the epigraph, which is naturally ?fragmented? from the rest of the poem.

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