The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot Essay

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The Waste Land, a 434-line modernist poem by T.S. Eliot revolves around a world of what seems to be chaotic and dead, and led by a single protagonist. Throughout The Waste Land, there are many uses of symbolism with tarot cards, astrology, and especially the game of chess: The game of chess is such a meaningful symbol throughout the story, that metaphors are used to describe the situation and emotions of the characters throughout the poem by describing them as chess pieces and in check-mate situations. After considering the game of chess, and comparing to T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, the reading changes and it makes the reader view the poem as a game of life and death; a poem of survival, where less meaningful people and things must…show more content…
But like a burnished throne suggests the woman is of royalty as not only is she sitting on a throne, but burnished is something sparkly and gleaming. So this wealthy woman is like the Queen of chess. Then following the first line are lines 3-8: Held up by standards wrought with fruited vines From which a golden Cupidon peeped out (Another hid his eyes behind his wing) Doubled the flames of sevenbranched candelabra Reflecting light upon the table as The glitter of her jewels rose to meet it. The Cupidon is a beautiful, child-like creature with wings who forces, or helps, a person to fall in love or be loved. The fact there are two, and one his hiding behind its wings, may suggest that this women with jewels and riches is a shallow and judgmental person. For the Cupidon to be shy, when its talent is creating joyful personality, suggests that this woman is already beautiful; she’s just consumed by money and wealth. Furthermore, lines 97-100 suggest a sense of power as everything changes from beautiful to barbaric: As though a window gave upon the sylvan scene The change of Philomel, by the barbarous king So rudely forced; yet there the nightingale… The sylvan scene is woody and green. But yet the word sylvan may have a hidden meaning as the woods and canopies of leaves and branches can create a dark
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