There is said to be a thin line between the planning and the execution a sinister action, as the idea is what first drives the motion. This is the central theme of T.S. Eliot's poem "The Hollow Men," in which the men depicted find themselves on the brink of hell, suffering not from their actions, but from their conspiracy to act. Throughout the poem, it appears that the men feel that they have done nothing wrong. The title itself, "The Hollow Men," indicates that perhaps there is nothing to these men at allas if they have done neither good nor evil. The conspiracy that they appear to be contriving is not made clear in the poem. One can only assume, however, that is it of some evil nature in the way that there is so much attention drawn to it. In Part I of the poem, the men seem to be vehemently pleading innocent to the audience. They argue that their collaborations are harmless in the lines, "Our dried voices, when/We whisper together/Are quiet and meaningless/As wind in dry grass." It's as if they are trying to persuade their audience that their efforts were truly without any cruel intention, like a "gesture without motion." The men seem to know deep down that they have committed a wrong in the way that they are fervently denying their guilt, as anyone ashamed of something well generally deny it more than usual. Yet this excuse of passive planning could never possibly emancipate them from a fate in purgatory. In the third part of the poem, Eliot introduces this desert-like landscape which the men currently inhabit and refers to it as "the twilight kingdom." The statement has direct ties to the Catholic belief in the levels of afterlife, where heaven is bright and stellar, and hell is dark and internal. As twilight is halfway in between day and night, purgatory is halfway in between heaven and hell. In this system, the place in which a person remains in the afterlife is in direct accordance to their sins and virtues; various sins cascade deeper down
The Theme of Emptiness in "The Hollow Men"
"The Hollow Men," a poem written by T.S. Eliot shows the narrators disgust and his faithless attitude toward all mankind. He refers to the human race as being "hollow," (1) and having a "headpiece filled with straw," (4) which creates the feeling and theme of emptiness. Eliot also uses allusions, symbols, and repetition as powerful, and depressing poetic devices to make mankind seem hollow.
The theme of emptiness is clearly visible throughout the….
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….
The Hollow Men
"The Hollow Men" by T.S. Eliot is a poem of struggle for meaning amongst the meaningless. T.S. Eliot shows the reader how in this day and age society is becoming less and less active and beginning to become more careless in the way in which we live and behave, as represented throughout the poem. It brings out all of our worlds weaknesses and flaws. Eliot brings out the fact that the human race is disintegrating. We are compared to as hollow men with no emotions, cares, and….
Zombies In The Making
(Three Messages From The Hollow Men)
Imagine lifeless, soulless corpses steadily congesting the streets of every city in the world in increasingly larger waves. T.S. Elliot analyzes society just this way in his work The Hollow Men. Each new generation is slowly degenerating into a meaningless existence reminiscent of popular movies and tv shows depicting zombies roaming the earth. While physically the human condition has improved unlike any generation before, the soul and….
Poetry Analysis of T. S. Eliot's The Hollow Men
I picked this poem by Eliot for two primary reasons, one of them being that Eliot is
one of my favorite modern poets, and the other being the view presented in it. That view
is one of a barren and dead world, with humans as meandering and meaningless objects
with no true value, and religion (primarily Christianity) as a futile hope for a salvation that
will never be granted. Most of that can be observed in section I, but particularly in….
Dr. Mary Warner
May 3, 2014
Unit of Study: “The Hollow Men” as a Bridge into
Modernism and Poetry
Why Teach Modernism and Poetry Together
The turn of the century presented writers with a variety of changes. Intellectual life was
rapidly changing. Freud proposed a new, unsettling psychoanalytic method of understanding the
self. His work undermined cultural and religious conceptions about human nature. Sir James
Frazer’s anthropology in Golden Bough also challenged….
As the characters in T.S. Eliot’s poem, “The Hollow Men,” come back to society after experiencing horrid events in World War I they fall into a state of limbo and nothingness. Eliot implies that they can no longer see the good in the world, which leads them to believe they have no purpose in society.
A sense of darkness is apparent through Eliot’s allusions. Throughout the poem the allusions are heavy and lifeless. The first line of the poem is an epigraph which states, “Mistah Kurtz--he dead”….
Eliot’s poem, “The Hollow Men,” indicates the hollowing of mankind generates a loss of substance, purpose, and will result in the annihilation of humanity.
With the aftermath of World War I, men disregard religion and turn to modernistic attitudes— they feel internally empty. Specifically, Eliot’ hollow men parallel lifeless effigies, due to their heads being “filled with straw” (6). Here, the speaker associates mannequin-like characteristics of scarecrows to the hollow men. These men lack their true….
Three messages from The Hollow Men by T.S Eliot
In the beginning of the poem The Hollow Men by T.S Eliot starts off with an allusions to help him contrast the past with the present. Eliot’s allusions created a distinctive, dreamlike world for a reader to explore. Also they reflected his theory of poetry, this story doesn’t reflect T.S Eliot’s life, but a bunch of past literature was a key source in writing his story. Three main messages from The Hollow Men are people are all full and stuffed….
while Dante is unable to stop and stare at
the eyes of Beatrice , That represented the guiding star for the hollow men , but they are
guideless , because they couldn’t get a hold of it .Therefore , their movement is hubless ,
guideless which results in a paralised motion done by the hollow men. They couldn’t look
into the eyes of those who have crossed to death’s other kingdom. The hollow men are even
stuck in what is assimilated to Dante’s Limbo a place of despair where there is no movement