The Waste Land By. Elliot

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In the Waste Land are several themes, techniques, allusions, and characters that have been stated clearly by T.S. Elliot. However, the poem has also been interpreted differently and similar in certain aspects in the Waste Land by critics such as Cleanth Brooks, Jr. “The Waste Land: An Analysis”, F.R. Leavis “[The significance of the Modern Waste Land]”, Robert Langbaum “The Walking Dead” and Maud Ellmann “A Sphinx without a Secret.” From these critics is the ability to find key evidences on how each critic translates each of theses concepts like the meaning of exact lines, types of organization within the poem, the theme of death in life, the Hanged Man, allusions, and content (references that are used). In the Waste Land are a lot of themes, but there is one particular theme that has been repeated several times in the Waste Land and by critics which is death in life. From Leavis he referee death in life in Section V Death by Water as being “death is inevitable and the life-giving water thirsted for (and the water out of which all life comes) cannot save”(183). Telling readers that Leavis is saying that death is still going to happen and that there is no way of sustaining life again. Also headed in that direction about the theme of death in life is Langbaum. He expresses death in life in Section II as “it self as unprecedented and meaningless” (232). This notifies that Langbaum and Leavis are on the same page, which is that death is inevitable and meaningless. Whereas
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