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Unformatted text preview: The drought that covers the land in Chapter 30 becomes a symbol for the drought of the spirit as well as of the land. Rain and water are traditional symbols of birth, purification, and love. Conversely, the absence of water and the absence of rain must be regarded as symbolic of death, or a withdrawal of love. T. S. Eliot, in The Waste Land, utilized these symbols. Also William Faulkner, in a story called "Dry September," used the drought of nature as a symbol of the inner drought of a group of Southern townspeople that drives them to lynch an innocent black man. This chapter contains the return from the quest. Earlier it was suggested that Kumalo's trip to the city could be viewed in terms of a quest. Now with his return from this quest or journey, which some may see as a failure, he has brought back two new people, who serve as symbols of new hope and...
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This note was uploaded on 12/08/2011 for the course ENG 3550 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.
- Fall '09