T. S. Eliot's The Wasteland: One Of The Most Impactline Of The Great War

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The Great War was undoubtedly one of the most impactful events in the twentieth century. It was a war that forever affected the course of history. In itself, history is composed of developments or regressions in societies and cultures, which are in turn built up of aspects such as literature. The literature of a society strongly conveys its important themes. Consequently, in the aftermath of the Great War, it is clear that this conflict affected British society significantly in several ways, as evidenced in the time period’s poetry and the lives of the poets. In T.S. Eliot’s The Wasteland, a poem on Europe after the Great War, there are themes present of a general discontentment in and decline of British society due to the events of the …show more content…
For, after the Great War, British society was becoming increasingly democratic. This is fathomable since survivors of the war often blamed aristocratic, political figures for their part in carrying it on while not truly engaging in it themselves. This provided a foundation for which to seek more rights for the working class including voting rights for both men and women (“Aftermath: Britain after the War."). Likewise, Siegfried Sassoon conveys this anger towards his government as he writes in his poem titled Repression of War Experience: “You’re quiet and peaceful, summering safe at home; / You’d never think there was a bloody war on!” (33-34). These lines from Sassoon’s poem illustrate repressed resentment that many middle and lower class British citizens felt towards British leaders who simply watched from afar. Sassoon wrote in another poem, The General, “Now the soldiers he [The General] smiled at most of ‘em dead / And we’re cursing his staff for incompetent swine” (3-4). Here Sassoon more frankly directs frustration at military leaders who were not confronted with either warfare or physical danger. Subsequently, following World War I, the upper classes began to be weakened in British society while the working class was on the rise ("The Effects of World War I."). In actuality, overall, due to loss in economic power, the British government became

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