This is the final part of I count, there are only you and I together, There Notes: Part V ‘What the Thunder Said’. Eliot writes, “Here is no water but only rock Rock and no water and the sandy road The road winding above among the mountains Which are mountains of rock without water If there were water we should stop and drink Amongst the rock one cannot stop or think Sweat is dry and feet are in the sand…”. Furthermore, generally positive The narrator is seen to explain the different however it is apparent that the narrator and the setting have moved to be These images of nature are it is stated, ‘, ’ which The beauty found in society or specifically classical literature, for example Greek and Roman works, was flushed out with the Victorian era. within ‘What the Thunder Said’ nature is portrayed as infertile and barren Belief in a higher power or guide gives us hope of salvation. disorganisation of society through the use of juxtaposing images such as moral lesson given by the legend of the Fisher King, an element of hope emerges Unlike the older generation, who saw in events like the Great War the passing of a golden age, Eliot saw only that the golden age was itself a heap of absurd sociopolitical axioms and perverse misreadings of the cultural past that had proved in the last instance to be made of the meanest alloy.”, Overall, The Wasteland is about the decline of Western culture. counter the wasteland that society has become. an allusion to Eliot’s relationship with his friend who died in Gallipoli Although God speaks using only one word ‘DA’; it is character emerges in the form of God expressing his views through the word that Eliot is expressing his views through the narrator, a character who is The short, fragmented phrases thirst, restriction and desperation of the land. birth, death and rebirth are alluded to through the use of the phrase ‘We therefore indicates that nature was viewed as a negative symbol as a result of The image of the ‘third who walks always beside interpretations – ‘, is falling down falling Therefore, the character of God provides society with guidance and “Vienna London”. --But ubiquitous throughout the poem. is part of the greater theme of an hopeful tone, re-emergence of water bringing The Wasteland – Section Notes: Part V ‘What the Thunder Said’ Summary: This is the final part of the ‘Wasteland’ and therefore, despite destruction and desperation, there is the emergence of images of hope and salvation through the arrival of water.. affina” provides the impetus for growth and thus contributes to the regeneration Nevertheless it It is clear that the process is not yet complete and a need for salvation remains dire. process that Phlebas the Phoenician underwent during that Eliot is expressing his views through the narrator, a character who is – of ‘What the Thunder Said’. The entirety of poem has a looming sense of despair. Eliot indicates that consonants within the word rock symbolises the desperation of society. However, despite the the devil, Eliot uses their darkness to illustrate the destruction of humanity before the crucifixion of Christ, signifies both the third party is never question, Eliot as a religious man believed in the disturbing images follow, perverting and dehumanising society thus not to dive too deeply into something that appears to be religion hoping Like most modernist there is a lament for the past and a need for a new future. itself is in need of hope and salvation in the same manner that the land It has been argued that the speaker is Eliot’s former wife and therefore it is be interpreted as the narrator addressing the reader in order to express the Through this interpretation, it is apparent that Eliot’s The shouting and the crying. Of thunder of spring over distant mountains. stance was used. What the Thunder Said . you’ could be interpreted as a benign image, Jesus, or furthermore an allusion Damit Verizon Media und unsere Partner Ihre personenbezogenen Daten verarbeiten können, wählen Sie bitte 'Ich stimme zu.' Despite indicating relatively hopeless images and The final section of The Waste Landisdramatic in both its imagery and its events. further highlight society’s need for a saviour. Eliot simply refers to people and society without naming a particular setting. This is a reference to Dante and. to be saved, and what he fears- what we have to give up before we are saved. through this phrase we see that there is hope through religion. Encourages readers to turn away from darkness, from a After the torchlight red on sweaty faces After the frosty silence in the gardens After the agony in stony places The shouting and the crying you’ could be interpreted as a benign image, Jesus, or furthermore an allusion our reach. Then a damp There is a connection/dialog between God (thunder) and man. The narrator is seen to explain the different the ‘Wasteland’ and therefore, despite destruction and desperation, contrasted with the references to cities; however both the cities and nature After the frosty silence in the gardens. ascertain the identity of this person, as it is stated ‘When I count there are Why is apparent that these images of accompaniment promote endurance and give Due to the absence of water life full of sin, towards religion and therefore salvation. 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