The Hollow Men
Resemble the novella Heart of Darkness, T.S. Elliot’s poem The Hollow Men conveys the darker side of human nature. Allegorically, the poem acknowledges how hollow men are -- trying every possible way to achieve their high hopes not knowing that they are just empty aspirations that will lead them astray in the end. Through the utilization of imagery, tone and contradicted diction, Elliot is warning mankind to stop follow their noble pursuits blindly that only leave them “sightless, useless.”
In The Hollow Men, Elliot has used negative imagery to illustrate his admittance of human being is falling in “death’s dream kingdom.” For instance, the poem from the beginning to the end is filled with death symbol. “Dead land”, “Death’s twilight kingdom”, “This is the way the world ends, not with a bang but a whimper” are all symbolized a land fill with men in hope for ideal pursuits that only end up to die as a coward. Death in this poem symbolizes guilt and failure of men when they realize in the end that they have been blinded for so long “Between the desire, And the spasm … Falls the Shadow.” In passage two, subconsciously the hollow man faces the guilt of his sin when he stepped over others to achieve his noble goal. In the poem, Elliot describes that hollow man scares to face the eyes of justice and of death, fearing to face the consequence for his misdeeds. This shows that from the beginning, we are selfish and hollow men that lack morals yet falsely think so highly of our existence in universe that we think of ourselves superior than others. Near to the end of the poem, Elliot depicts a tragic death of a society full of shallow men as the result of their own ideal ambitions. The line “This is the way the world end/ Not with a bang but a whimper” shows that men from the beginning think that by achieve the ambitions they are sacrificed their own life for their own society and die in dignity, but it is until the end that they die as a...
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