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Modernist techniques Example from The Waste Land Example from “The Seafarer” Example from “The Red Wheelbarrow” Theme of fragmentation of ambiguity or nihilism or a despairing individual confronted with an unmanageable future Nihilism is a prominent theme in The Waste Land. The narrator states “he who was living is now dead We who were living are now dying” which is an excellent example of the pessimistic world view the narrator has. The line “my lord deems to me this dead life” shows ambiguity because it is unclear whether the narrator is wishing for death or if he is accepting the path that he believes God has set for him. “So much depends upon” This is ambiguous because the reader is unsure why we depend upon this wheelbarrow so much. Juxtaposition of ideas During “The Fire Sermon” the narrator refers to himself as Tiresias and then proceeds to claim that “the time is now propitious” showing a moment of juxtaposition because in mythology, Tiresias can see the future.

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