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The hollow men

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Sean Fletcher

on 31 May 2010

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Transcript of The hollow men

The Hollow Men
by: T.S. Eliot We are the stuffed men Leaning together Headpeice filled with straw. Alas! Our dried voices, when We wisper together Are quite and meaningless As wind in dry grass Or rats' feet over broken glass In our dry cellar Shape without form, shade with out colour, Paralysed force, gesture without motion; Those who have crossed With direct eyes, to death's other kingdome Remeber us - if at all - not as lost Violent souls, but only As the hollow men The stuffed men Analysis of Stanza part 1: "We are the hollow men/We are the stuffed men" In 1927 Eliot sees the modern man as one who is corrupt and has little faith left. He calls these men useless because the individuals of the twentieth century were in denial of anything related with the supernatural world, and this started the rejection of God. The comparison between the worthlessness of “rats’ feet over broken glass…” and their “dry voices” show how meaningless they (the Hollow Men) truly are. These men have no souls which makes them empty or in his case hollow and are also stuffed with corruption.
We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats’ feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar


Shape without form, shade without colour,
Paralysed force, gesture without motion;

Those who have crossed
With direct eyes, to death’s other Kingdom
Remember us—if at all—not as lost
Violent souls, but only
As the hollow men
The stuffed men. Analysis of stanza part 2: In this stanza Eliot is talking about how the men are like corpse/statues empty in thought, pale skin, and no longer having the ability to move or communicate. Analysis of Stanza part 3: In these lines Eliot is talking about the hollow men that have died and how they are looking directly into the depths of hell because they have let go of the faith of God. They want to be remembering for the people that they were (the hollow stuffed men) and not as the lost souls. Theme: I think the theme would be about the men of 1927 turing there backs on religon.

Mood: the mood of the poem would be grim and pity
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