Waste Land - Easter (found in April), the day that...

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The Waste Land was all about regeneration after WWII (I think it was that war) and the best way to do that was through connecting with people. Eliot believed that war was the ultimate result of failed connections and gives examples of failed connections throughout the poem (like the woman who lets the man rape her). Rebirth (life in the waste land) can only come from the data, dayadhhvan, and damyata he mentions in the end. But I feel like besides making connections, he also gives a lot of examples that could symbolize rebirth. In section I, the footnotes say that hyacinths were a symbol of rebirth and growth.
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Unformatted text preview: Easter (found in April), the day that celebrates Christs (who Elliot alludes to a lot) resurrection or rebirth is another symbol. I think she wanted us to keep this in mind when we read The Road. The man and his son were travelling through a kind of waste land and their only motivation for survival was their relationship (or connection with each other). The end of the story (as far as we read) comes with the little boy connects with the other good guys. I hope all that made sense and good luck on the exam Saturday!...
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This note was uploaded on 06/06/2010 for the course E 316 K taught by Professor Cox during the Spring '09 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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