The Impact Of The Great War In T. S. Eliot's The Wasteland

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Literature is the reflection of society. What our society is and what we are gets reflected through our literature. This paper deals with the impact of the Great War in T.S.Eliot’s masterpiece The Wasteland. An attempt has been made to unravel the changes that penetrated into the lives of modern civilization, because of the Great War, through this piece of literature.The Wasteland stands as an excellent example of the disillusionment and spiritual bankruptcy of the modern era especially after the world plunged into a devastating war that resulted into millions of deaths.

Key Words: Great War, disillusionment, dehumanization.

Impact of the Great War in T.S.Eliot’s The Wasteland.

War, wherever and whenever it occurs has a deadly and devastating effect not only on the countries concerned but also on entire globe in one way or the other. The First World War or the Great War had a deep seeded impact upon the minds of the citizens of this world. The Great War started on 28th of July, 1914 and ended up on 11thof November, 1918, so, almost four and a half years witnessed this great destructive war resulting in around 16 million deaths.The mortality rate was very high because of greater involvement of science and technology. Mordis Eksteins in his book Rites of Springcomments that, “Europe slumped into a monumental melancholy . . . and the utopian social dreams evoked by wartime rhetoric were brutally erased by inflation, unemployment and widespread deprivation, not to

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