The Wasteland by T.S. Eliot Essay

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The Wasteland by T.S. Eliot

In the poem, The Waste Land, T. S. Eliot gives a primarily positive connotation by using the theme of speech, language, and failure of speech. In each of the sections, Eliot shows how speech and communication are important in life. He also shows that speech cannot always accomplish what actions can. The way the characters in the poem use speech show that speech and communication are important.
A Game of Chess
This section may be the best example of communication in the whole poem. While many of the other themes are present, the main part of this section deal with the interaction between two people, in two different places. Although at first these conversations seem to be very fruitless and
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The second part of this section tells of two women who's husbands are off to war. One is telling the other that she should try to make herself look good for her husband upon his return. She insists that she has no reason for looking good and that she does not want anymore kids anyway. The woman eventually get fed up with her ignorance and says that her husband may leave her if she does not change for him. Here it seems that communication is also pointless because no matter how much the woman tries to change the other's mind she still refuses to change. When the husbands do finally return though, they are still happy to see their wives and the section ends with "good night, ladies" which shows that the husbands were happy to see their wives no matter what they looked like. The same transformation occurs here as well. In the beginning the conversation seems to be going nowhere but what was trying to get accomplished still does.
What the Thunder Said
This final section talks about the salvation of the Waste Land. This dry arid place must have water to go on existing and to change from the state that it is in now. The thunder can be heard from beyond the mountain but it is not coming over into the valley to save the Waste Land.
A story is told of a woman who plays a violin with a strand of her hair as a bow. This music brings singing from the empty cisterns and wells of the land, and
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