Modernism In T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land

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Modernism, as a movement, can be plainly understood as a conscious and essential transfer away from tradition and accordingly by the employment of novel and revolutionary range of expression. Thus, a visible amendment can be seen in fields of art and literature from the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. The ‘traditional’ approach and reaction became outmoded in the new-fangled circumstances and were substituted by ‘modern’ philosophy. Social change and advancement in the field of science and technology embarked on, pushing away the modernists from Victorian morals and conventions to modernize, unconventional principles. T.S Eliot’s The Waste Land, is an exemplary of Modernist text, in which Eliot largely discusses the emotional…show more content…
He shaped rational drama that redefined the nature of the self and inspected specific properties of reality in human consciousness. Tragedy and disillusionment are widespread in his work, and according to various critics, is the reflection of his autobiographical element. Shortly after his marriage in 1894, his wife, Antonietta Potulano was found to be suffering from a serious mental breakdown. His wife’s infirmities affected Pirandello’s writing, and lead him to entail lunacy, delusion, seclusion in his work. In 1922, Pirandello published Henry IV and grew out to be an imperative component of theatre. This piece of work seems to be influenced by Pirandello’s own life and therefore has themes of madness, illusion etc. The protagonist of the play goes mad, after he falls from a horse, and starts thinking himself to be the character that he was pretending to play; Henry IV. Pirandello’s protagonist lives at ease under misapprehension for many years, where reality is seen as disillusionment instead. After waking out of the state delusion he decides to counterfeit madness, as he favors the stability of the unstable world. Through his ‘mad’ protagonist, Pirandello tries to depict that illusion is an affirmation of individual characteristic and also a means of revolting against the social order. Through his lunacy, Henry IV characterizes his individual sense of reality, and through him Pirandello emphasizes the importance of individual reality; individual’s awareness of

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