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We Are The Hollow Men We Are The Stuffed Men

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From the text Hollow Men by T.S. Eliot, is an allusion poem. Many references from texts like Heart of Darkness (by Joseph Conrad), Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, and finally Dante’s divine Comedy. In fact, majority of the poem The Hollow Men is borrowed from other stories or poems. As T.S. Eliot said himself, that good poets write, but great poets borrow. However, this very complex poem has many understandings to it. But when it is broken down, this poem becomes more realistic, than we are able to understand what we could not understand. As the texts states in the background text, “’The Hollow Men’ help him contrast the past with the present.” (Prentice Hall Literature [page 1163]). Thus, the three main messages that are best shown in the poem The Hollow Men by T.S. Eliot is, we are hollow men, but stuffed men, a world of broken symbols and images, and finally the vacant, desolate surroundings.
Often mentioned throughout the text, “We are the hollow men we are the stuffed men,” stated by T.S. Eliot in his text The Hollow Men (Prentice Hall Literature [page 1163 lines 1-2]). This is often used as an expression related to human beings. Most things that we say and do is meaningless. Our kind could very well be related to scare-crows. Indeed this accusation is made through T.S. Eliot’s words in The Hollow Men. Also stated in the text by Eliot, “We are the Hollow men we are the stuffed men learning together headpiece filled with straw. Alas!” (Prentice Hall Literature [page 1163 lines 1-4]). Every human is filled with organs; however, do our “insides” make a difference in this world. Even though most things become meaningless in life, there is a greater value or perspective among that. If life is viewed as meaningless then how are we living a life that we will never forget? Often mistaken, or taken for granted, life is more than just hollow men it really all depends on how you “fill your cup.”
Second, broken symbols and images are key point in the second section of the poem The Hollow Men. However, “Eyes I dare not meet in dreams in death’s dream kingdom these do not appear: there, the eyes are sunlight on a broken column…Let me be no nearer in death’s dream kingdom,” as stated by the Hollow Men (Prentice Hall Literature [page 1164 lines 19-30]). Everyday...

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