Good And Evil In The Hollow Men

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how wrong are his superiors ensuring that he does not stay upstairs in their furnished apartment? Of course he prefers the dungeon or bush where his true identity as a mischief-maker is hidden and temporarily ignored by the lords and ladies of honour he is serving. The "dry cellar" home of black skinned chanters gives a similar but not exact impression as the "waste-land" of characters like Marie and her uncle, Gerontion, and a middle-aged financier Alfred Prufrock. These human figures are drawn from a sophisticated and industrilalised Western society that must not be placed side by side with a desert place for Hollow Men. An allusion to grass, cactus, broken jaw, stone and others is meant to reveal the different level of economic, social,…show more content…
Likewise Conrad associates African villagers with disorder and brutality. Heart of Darkness and The Hollow Men emphasize that a Blackman's destructive power, though less than that of Othello and James Wait and Satan the Arch. Enemy, is a source of perennial anxiety since the journey to city culture began in eighteenth¬ century Europe. With a suburban dunce or madman like Guy Fawkes hiding at the basement of a royal house, the occupants are facing great and imminent disaster. A very large population of uncivilised individuals may, finally, be equated with the Moscow or New York rats. These invaders too can emulate dunces, for they are savage and not too comfortable to have around where food is scarce and mortality is rampant. In short, the Guy Fawkes festival and its role in social history manifest the opposition of Western culture or civilisation to decay, violence and indiscipline. Conrad suggests that the Black worshippers of Mr. Kurtz along the banks of River Congo ("tumid river") in an African primordial jungle, lay no claim to innocence as well as mental and physical health or verbal finesse in sobbing out his decease: "Mistah Kurtz - he dead." Weary and frustrated while most of his compatriots live in mysterious circumstances, one of the Congolese railway workers and a servant of Kurtz is mourning the late…show more content…
Of course, it is pathetic that Dunces or Hollow Men do clearly see these existential problems as universal, though more ridiculous in their own context than elsewhere. The thought, speech pattern, physical appearance, and manners of a rustic people in all ages come under strict criticism here. One of the issues discussed, in particular the one of hair and skin colour, tends to generate emotional antipathy and intellectual hatred. Therefore Eliot selects his poetic ideas, images, and symbols in a cunning way. The cactus in a grassland or desert is preferred to Congo's equatorial forests, since he identifies a common savage trait in Hamitic and Semitic races as well as geographical locations where ignorance, boredom and poverty underlie the migratory habit and low morale his image suggests. The rat image at any rate emphasizes a non-existent mental strength, bad human character, blindness (“The eyes are not here/There are no eyes here”), and unreason (i.e. lack of vision) that guarantees ill-success in any literary-creative adventure. Cannibalism, mortality, bacchanalian urge, and fatigue or drowsiness ("This is how the world ends") single out the Hollow Men as mere triflers or pretentious imitators of old customs. Paralysis is a Hollow Man's
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