The Waste Land and the Hero Essay examples

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The Wasteland, based on the texts I have read, is a varied and diverse environment of barrenness and death. In my life, and in society today, the Wasteland is not much different; the barrenness is one of mind and soul, and we have the same lack of knowledge about death now that these authors did when recording their thoughts on paper. A hero is needed in this harsh environment, to guide the multitude, or merely set the example for all others to follow. Though few characters meet the qualifications of a true hero, many come close in several aspects of their lives. The wastelands in which they must survive involve bleak environmental conditions, truth, and destiny: difficult, though not insurmountable, conditions of life.

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In my life I have also seen this occur; I always (or, more accurately, often) feel the need to understand a situation from every angle, each point of view. Social situations are no exception (who likes whom? Oh yes, she likes him but he ...you get the picture). This does not merely apply to human interaction, however; natural circumstances, such as relationships between organisms, are no exception to the rule. Symbiosis, parasites, and all others are of interest to me; what benefits does each get? Is one of the organisms harmed? How do they respond to this interaction, positively or negatively? If all of this becomes a blur, we lose sight of why we are here, what our purpose in life is, and also what we are doing at present. These blurs in our existence can stem from senses, as in T.S. Eliot's "Waste Land," "troubled, confused and drowned the sense in odors,"(lines 88-9) and, among other things, from our perception of fear and death: "I will show you fear in a handful of dust...Unreal city, under the brown fog of a winter dawn, / A crowd flowed over London Bridge, so many, / I had not thought death had undone so many" (30, 60-4). By describing his Wasteland as this blur of fear, fog, dust, and death, T.S. Eliot illustrates his wonder with the mysteries of life, and as the greatest mystery

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