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Futility of Life Exposed in T.S. Eliot's The Hollow Men - Futility of Life Exposed in T.S. Eliot's The Hollow Men      The 'Hollow Men', by T.S Eliot, is a reflection on the emptiness, futility and misery of modern life. It is also a reflection on the problems involved in human communication, and on the meaning (or lack of it) to life. Eliot uses religious and desert symbolism, biblical and literary allusions, repetition, parody and deliberately sparse, controlled language to convey the themes of the poem. The poem opens with two epigraphs - "MISTAH KURTZ - HE DEAD" and "A penny for the Old Guy"....   [tags: Hollow Men Essays T S Eliot Papers]
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Eliot and The Hollow Men - T. S. Eliot has always incorporated or reflected the idea of disillusionment in a young generation after World War I. This means they were no longer believing the same ideals as they were before. Just after his years in college, he saw everyone broken and hopeless after the war (Shmoop “T.S. Eliot”). His first work greatly conveying this idea is The Wasteland, which contains a lot of hopelessness and depression (Shmoop “T.S. Eliot”). Eliot saw that life is brutal and difficult and believed that this must also be conveyed in poetry (Shmoop “T.S....   [tags: TS Eliot, disillusionment, literary analysis]
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T. S. Eliot's Life and Accomplishments - “April is the cruelest month, bleeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain.”-T.S Eliot. Eliot was one of the giants of 20th century literature. Eliot helped define the contours of modern poetry in the early 20th century. Most of T.S Eliot’s poems are based on religion. Eliot began to write because of the depression of his father’s death. Eliot’s depression caused him to suffer writer’s block. His depression did not allow him to appreciate the greater things in life, but he still continued to be successful....   [tags: ts eliot, hollow men, literature, 20th century]
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T.S. Eliot's View of the Human Condition in The Hollow Men - ... The narrator is one of the Hollow Men and says they are meaningless when they whisper together. He gives several examples of meaningless things such as wind in dry grass, and rats’ feet over broken glass in a cellar. Why does the story sound so quiet. The story is quiet because Eliot wants to get the point across that the Hollow Men truly are not significant in any way. Even when they talk amongst themselves, they amount to nothing (Shmoop "The Hollow Men Analysis"). The narrator goes on to say that people who die see the Hollow Men before they pass onto death’s other kingdom....   [tags: death, despair, dream]
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Imagery Depicted Through T.S. Eliot's The Hollow Men - The imagery depicted in T.S. Eliot's poem "The Hollow Men" evokes a sense of desolate hopelessness and lends to Eliot's generally cynical view of civilization during this period in history. A reaction of deep and profound disappointment in mankind around him is made evident in this stark work, first published in 1925. In this short piece, Eliot enumerates several deep faults he finds in his fellowman, including hypocrisy, apathy and indifference, and leaves the reader with a feeling of overwhelming emptiness....   [tags: essays research papers] 930 words
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Analysis of The Hollow Men by T.S. Eliot - Analysis of The Hollow Men by T.S. Eliot Eliot, a master of the written craft, carefully thought out each aspect of his 1925 poem "The Hollow Men." Many differences in interpretation exist for Eliot's complex poetry. One issue never debated is the extensive range of things to consider in his TS Eliot's writing. Because TS Eliot often intertwined his writing by having one piece relate to another "The Hollow Men" is sometimes considered a mere appendage to The Waste Land. "The Hollow Men," however, proves to have many offerings for a reader in and among itself....   [tags: Papers] 1371 words
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Similar Themes in Joseph Conrad´s Heart of Darkness and T.S Eliot´s The Hollow Men - ... In his visits with Kurtz’s “Intended”, he realizes that her elegance, her “guileless, profound, confident, and trustful” face, and her desire for Kurtz to make a name for himself had forced him into going to Africa to discover riches. As Marlow retells it, Kurtz never had a desire to journey to Africa in search of a job in the ivory trading business, but because his engagement with the “Intended” “had been disapproved by her people” because “he wasn’t rich enough or something” (70) demonstrates the fact that he had no direction of his own—he simply followed what the world led him to believe....   [tags: Society, Reason]
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Voice in T.S. Eliot's The Hippopotamus, The Hollow Men, and Journey of the Magi - Voice in T.S. Eliot's The Hippopotamus, The Hollow Men, and Journey of the Magi Poetry has meaning. This meaning is usually a message, and a message is projected though a voice. When we read poetry we hear this voice. The voices projected in the T.S. Eliot poems 'The Hippopotamus', 'The Hollow Men' and 'Journey of the Magi' are particularly strong, and the voice carries a lot of meaning to the readers. The voice is three things; the voice of the poetry in relation to Eliot, the voice of the poetry, and the individual reader's interpretation of the voice....   [tags: Papers] 1208 words
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Eliot's Themes of Death and Futility in the Poem Remind Your Self of The Hollow Men - Eliot's Themes of Death and Futility in the Poem Remind Your Self of The Hollow Men One of the major themes explored by Eliot in the hollow men is that of death and futility. Eliot portrays life, war, royalty, religion and death as futile in the poem. He also describes death and particularly the passing of the Hollow men. The title "the hollow men" portrays an image of death. Eliot is suggesting through the title that when we die we become empty and hollow and soul less. This is emphasized later in the first section " remember us- if at all- not as lost violent souls", this suggests that they don't have a soul....   [tags: Papers] 407 words
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Death and Creation in The Hollow Men - Throughout the semester, we have read many poems by many well-known authors. All of these poems were worthy of the literary merit they received, but I would like to write this paper on a poem that is equally as wonderful. I will be writing this paper on T.S. Eliot’s “The Hollow Men.” This is an incredibly poetic work that is just simply brilliant. I will be discussing how Eliot constantly uses death and creation images to strengthen the theme of the poem. Throughout this entire poem, there is an ever-present theme of death....   [tags: Hollow Men Essays] 581 words
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Emptiness in The Hollow Men - Emptiness in The Hollow Men      After Eliot had published The Waste Land, he felt as though he had not been able to fully convey the sense of desperation and emptiness in that work. Beginning with "Doris’s Dream Songs" and "Eyes I Last Saw in Tears," he explored these themes, eventually uniting all such poems in The Hollow Men. The end product is a work that, unlike The Waste Land and its ultimate chance for redemption, has only the indelible emptiness of the hollow men as its conclusion. The hollow men are those who, in life, did not act on their beliefs; they resisted any action at all, and as a result stagnate eternally in "the Shadow," a land in between heaven and hell, completely i...   [tags: Hollow Men Essays]
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The Sun Also Rises by Thomas S. Eliot - Joseph Goebbels once said, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it” (Goebbels). Joseph Goebbels along with the Communist Party used this to describe their propaganda scheme to draw a whole nation into their control. This action shows a lapse of responsibility and the ability to escape a problem. Like Goebbels, the characters of The Sun Also Rises and The Hollow Men use excuses to get away from the problem. The characters in The Sun Also Rises are also considered Hollow Men as the group continually refuses to care or make a choice because the characters constantly turn to escapism to forget their problems, seemingly cope with changes in t...   [tags: hollow men, joseph goebbels]
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The Hollow Men - At a point in all mortal’s existence, there will be a moment when their soul is between two states of being, waiting to be judged. Without the fearlessness and faith to move on to the afterlife, they will spend eternity stuck in purgatory. When T. S. Eliot wrote “The Hollow Men,” he used symbolism, imagery, and repetition to share his insight to address the lack of courage and faith that plagues every human being. T. S. Eliot’s “The Hollow Men” is a dramatic monologue, free verse poem that consists of five parts that could be considered five separate poems....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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The Hollow Men - The Theme of Emptiness in “The Hollow Men” “The Hollow Men,” a poem written by T.S. Eliot shows the narrators disgust and his faithless attitude toward all mankind. He refers to the human race as being “hollow,” (1) and having a “headpiece filled with straw,” (4) which creates the feeling and theme of emptiness. Eliot also uses allusions, symbols, and repetition as powerful, and depressing poetic devices to make mankind seem hollow. The theme of emptiness is clearly visible throughout the poem, and it begins in the title....   [tags: essays research papers] 494 words
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Darkness and Desperation in the The Hollow Men, T.S. Eliott - In the poem “The Hollow Men,” T.S. Eliot immediately gives his work a tone of darkness and desperation. Eliot also uses references of works from Dantes, Julius Caesar, and Joseph Conrad. These three men majorly influenced Eliot on his writings spiritually and intellectually. Eliot was going through a rough patch in his life during with his wife during the time that he wrote “The Hollow Men.” He reveals his views on contemporary life and uses the poem as a cry for relief from his personal troubles (“Explanation of: ‘The Hollow Men’ by T.S....   [tags: death, fear, whispering]
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Theme of "The Hollow Men" - There is said to be a thin line between the planning and the execution a sinister action, as the idea is what first drives the motion. This is the central theme of T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Hollow Men,” in which the men depicted find themselves on the brink of hell, suffering not from their actions, but from their conspiracy to act. Throughout the poem, it appears that the men feel that they have done nothing wrong. The title itself, “The Hollow Men,” indicates that perhaps there is nothing to these men at all—as if they have done neither good nor evil....   [tags: essays research papers] 626 words
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Hollow Men - The Hollow Men “The Hollow Men” by T.S. Eliot is a poem of struggle for meaning amongst the meaningless. T.S. Eliot shows the reader how in this day and age society is becoming less and less active and beginning to become more careless in the way in which we live and behave, as represented throughout the poem. It brings out all of our worlds weaknesses and flaws. Eliot brings out the fact that the human race is disintegrating. We are compared to as hollow men with no emotions, cares, and nothing inside....   [tags: essays research papers] 563 words
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Complexity of Human Needs - Complexity of Human Needs (An Analysis of “Hollow Men”) Who hasn’t read or learned about T.S. Elliot in their English class. T.S. Elliot was by far and undisputedly the greatest poet writing English poetry in the twenty first century. Elliot’s main focus when writing his poetic work was to focus on form of shaping the philosophy for our times in which we would be more true to the complexity of human needs. He had a very profound thought on religion and the way that the human race was losing touch with their religious use or needs....   [tags: an analysis of Hollow Men] 519 words
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Heart of Darkness, Hollow Men, and Apocalypse Now - Similarities between Heart of Darkness, Hollow Men, and Apocalypse Now       In today's literary world there are many different texts that have interlocking literary meaning through their references to one another and to other works. I am going to compare and draw similarities between T.S. Eliot’s The Hollow Men, Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, and Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now. These three sources have many different references to one another in different ways. In T.S. Eliot's The Hollow Men, he begins the poem with the title and underneath the title he uses the famous line "Mistah Kurtz- he dead" from Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness....   [tags: Movie Film comparison compare contrast]
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Discussing Heart Of Darkness, The Hollow Men, and Apocalypse Now - Relationship between Heart Of Darkness, The Hollow Men, and Apocalypse Now      The Hollow Men is a poem by T.S. Eliot who won the Nobel Prize in 1948 for all his great accomplishments. The Hollow Men is about the hollowness that all people have; while Heart of Darkness is a story of the darkness that all people have. The poem written by Eliot was greatly influenced by Conrad and Dante. Some people may even think that WWI also influenced it. It was written after World War I and could be describing how people's beliefs had been eroded....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Heart of Darkness, Apocalypse Now, and Hollow Men - Façade of Civilization Exposed in Heart of Darkness, Apocalypse Now, and Hollow Men "Civilization", like "democracy" is something of a loaded term. For democracy there is a straightforward definition; a democracy is a society where the members of that society vote for their political leaders. "Democracy" can also refer to a set of social attitudes that individuals can possess. For instance, a snob possesses attitudes that can be described as "undemocratic" regardless of his or her participation in the political process of his or her own society....   [tags: Movie Film comparison compare contrast] 1383 words
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Robinson and Eliot - A surprising statistic from an MSNBC online article claims that nearly fifty percent of Americans hate their jobs more than ever before in the past twenty years (msnbc.com). This quote relates to the fact that some Americans workers are no longer living their dreams, and they have no purpose or meaning in their lives. The poems “The Hollow Men” and “Miniver Cheevy” also have the same theme. The poem, “The Hollow Men,” by T.S. Eliot, is about the emptiness that determines the way people live their lives....   [tags: Contrasts, Poetic Analysis] 1151 words
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The Great Gatsby and The Hollow Men - The Great Gatsby has been one of the classic novels of the twentieth century. It creates a unique society that makes the story such a masterpiece. Another magnificent work that relates to The Great Gatsby is T.S. Eliot's 'The Hollow Man.'; The lines in the poem portray the story so vividly that it should have been an epigraph for the novel. The poem's references to hollow and stuffed men, can describe different characters in The Great Gatsby. The hollowness of men represents ruthless barbarians with no respect for humans and no understanding of love....   [tags: essays research papers] 1141 words
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Biography of T.S. Eliot - Biography of T.S. Eliot T.S. Eliot changed the face of poetry. He has been regarded as the most celebrated poet of his era. This Nobel Prize winning poet is credited with viewing the world as it appears, without making any optimistic judgements. Despite the ire of Mr. Eliot, it would be safe to regard him as a prophet of doom. His works reflected his frustration with mankind, and the seeming need to be released from this cold world. It was once said, “How unpleasant to meet Mr. Eliot.” (Time 1) His rather cynical view of man’s accomplishments leads one to regard him as a pessimist who prophesies nothing but doom for mankind....   [tags: Thomas Stearns Eliot Writers Poetry Essays] 4125 words
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Waiting for Godot, Hollow Men and Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock - Compare Waiting for Godot, Hollow Men and Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock         Life is occupied by waiting.  In Waiting for Godot, Samuel Becket presents the suffering of the human condition.  Godot is about two beings who talk about nothing, experience the drudgery of life, complain that they do not do anything, meet a few people, think about hanging themselves, and then do it all over again.  The existentialist style by Godot is comparable to T.S. Eliot's works.  Eliot's Love Song of J....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 657 words
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Colonialism and Imperialism - European Ideals in Heart of Darkness and The Hollow Men - Hollowness of European Ideals Exposed in Heart of Darkness and The Hollow Men     Kurtz occupies a peculiar position in Conrad's Heart of Darkness and T.S. Eliot's "The Hollow Men." "Mr. Kurtz, he dead" is the epigraph to "The Hollow Men." Eliot draws an obvious allusion to Kurtz, the morally hollow man in Heart of Darkness. Left to his own devices, Kurtz commits appalling acts such as shrinking human heads and performing terrible sacrifices. Kurtz is armed with only the dubious sense of moral superiority of his culture and the desire to civilize the natives (Dahl 34)....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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T.S. Eliot’s Powerful Use of Fragmentation in The Waste Land - T.S. Eliot’s Powerful Use of Fragmentation in The Waste Land T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land is an elaborate and mysterious montage of lines from other works, fleeting observations, conversations, scenery, and even languages. Though this approach seems to render the poem needlessly oblique, this style allows the poem to achieve multi-layered significance impossible in a more straightforward poetic style. Eliot’s use of fragmentation in The Waste Land operates on three levels: first, to parallel the broken society and relationships the poem portrays; second, to deconstruct the reader’s familiar context, creating an individualized sense of disconnection; and third, to challenge the reader to see...   [tags: T.S. Eliot Waste Land Essays]
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The Sacred Wood and Began the Waste Land by T.S. Eliot - ... In 1927 – 31, he became a member of the Church of England and the British citizen. He made Ariel Poems during 1927 - 31. For Lancelot Andrews, 1928, Ash – Wednesday, 1930, Coriolan, 1931. Thoughts After Lambeth, 1931. Through the years 1923 and 1933, T. S. had his first visit to America since 1914. He delivered Charles Eliot Norton lectures at Harvard. They were published as the Use of Poetry and the use of criticism in 1933. He also delivered the Page Barbour lectures at the University of Virginia....   [tags: hard working writer, poem]
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TS Eliot paper - “Where is the Life we have lost in living. Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge. Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?” T.S. Eliot (T.S. Eliot Quotes.) TS Eliot was not only a poet, but a poet that wanted to change his world. He was writing in the hopes that it would give his society a reality check that would encourage them to change themselves and make their lives more worthwhile. Through his themes of alienation, isolation, and giving an example of a decaying society, TS Eliot wanted to change his society....   [tags: essays research papers] 1024 words
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T.S. Eliot's Writing Style and Use of Symbolism - ... T.S. Eliot was a poet, dramatist and he was also a literary critic. “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” and “The Wasteland”, are the main poems that changed his life. They are the poems that greatly brought up his reputation. He redefined the way poetry was. He was actually ranked as the greatest literary critic of the 20th century. There was another popular poem called, “The Hollow Men.” The poems, “Ash Wednesday,” and the poem four Quarters,” were also popular. T.S. Eliot shows literary criticy in “The Wasteland, and “Four Quarters.” He created many poems because that is what he is good at....   [tags: poetry, critic, success]
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Identity of Women in Shelley's Frankenstein, Bronte's Jane Eyre, and Eliot's The Mill on the Floss - Identity of Women in Shelley's Frankenstein, Bronte's Jane Eyre, and Eliot's The Mill on the Floss George Eliot is quoted as stating: "A woman's hopes are woven of sunbeams; a shadow annihilates them" (Miner 473). To extend this notion, Jean Giraudoux in Tiger at the Gates, states "I have been a woman for fifty years, and I've never been able to discover precisely what it is I am" (474). These two statements are related to each other because they express, in large part, the dilemma facing Mary Shelley, Charlotte Brontë, and George Eliot as they set out to write fictional manuscripts....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Dryness and Spiritual Decay in The Waste Land - Dryness and Spiritual Decay in The Waste Land        T.S. Eliot peppers "The Waste Land," his apocalyptic poem, with images of modern aridity and inarticulacy that contrast with fertile allusions to previous times. Eliot's language details a brittle era, rife with wars physical and sexual, spiritually broken, culturally decaying, dry and dusty. His references to the Fisher King and mythical vegetation rituals imply that the 20th-century world is in need of a Quester to irrigate the land. "The Waste Land" refuses to provide a simple solution; the properties of the language serve to make for an ambiguous narrative and conclusion, one as confusing and fragmented as Eliot's era itself....   [tags: T.S. Eliot Waste Land Essays]
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Free Waste Land Essays: A New Understanding - The Waste Land: A New Understanding The Waste Land, Eliot's first long philosophical poem, can now be read simply as it was written, as a poem of radical doubt and negation, urging that every human desire be stilled except the desire for self-surrender, for restraint, and for peace. Compared with the longing expressed in later poems for the "eyes" and the "birth," the "coming" and "the Lady" (in "The Hollow Men," the Ariel poems, and "Ash-Wednesday"), the hope held out in The Waste Land is a negative one....   [tags: T.S. Eliot Waste Land Essays] 1034 words
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The Genius Of T.S. Eliot - T.S. Eliot’s impact on poetry is unrivaled in the 20th century. Although his work was criticized because it was unlike the others of his time, his differences are seen as the beginning of what is called “modern poetry.” His distinct style was influenced from his American heritage, mental breakdown, and his readings of the Italian Renaissance, and French Symbolists. His unique views of society and literature gave him a fresh perspective, causing him to become a very influential poet and critic as he pioneered the modern poetry movement....   [tags: T.S. Eliot Poems]
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The Wasteland, by T.S. Eliot - In the twentieth century, T.S. Eliot transformed the traditional poetry form into a more modern style. Eliot was born in St. Louis, Missouri on September 26, 1888. At the age of 25, Eliot moved to England where he began his career as a poet. Eliot greatly attracted the modernist movement, which was poetry written in the reaction of Victorian poetry. His first poem, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, was known as one of the most famous pieces of the Modernist movement. In his poetry, Eliot combines themes such as aridity, sexuality, and living death....   [tags: literary analysis, T.S. Eliot]
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The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot - The Waste Land, a 434-line modernist poem by T.S. Eliot revolves around a world of what seems to be chaotic and dead, and led by a single protagonist. Throughout The Waste Land, there are many uses of symbolism with tarot cards, astrology, and especially the game of chess: The game of chess is such a meaningful symbol throughout the story, that metaphors are used to describe the situation and emotions of the characters throughout the poem by describing them as chess pieces and in check-mate situations....   [tags: Poem Poetry T.S. Eliot Wasteland] 1512 words
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The Portrayal of Bertha in "The Lifted Veil" by George Eliot - The Lifted Veil is a novella written by George Eliot, which was originally published in 1859. The novella fits in well with the typical style of the Victorian era. However, George Eliot’s usual style was realistic, so when The Lifted Veil was written, it was the complete opposite of what was expected from her. The Lifted veil is a good example of horror fiction. It explores a wide variety of different themes, including extra sensory perception, foresight, insight, Victorian stereotypes, marriage and the Victorian ideals of womanhood....   [tags: George Eliot] 2198 words
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Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow - Comparing Tim Burton’s "Sleepy Hollow" with Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” In examining Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” alongside Tim Burton’s film adaption of the story, titled “Sleepy Hollow,” a number of fascinating similarities and differences emerge. Though elements of the characters and settings of Burton’s film borrow heavily from Irving’s text, the overall structuring of the film is significantly different, and representations of various elements are crucially re-imagined....   [tags: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow]
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Gender Issues in Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Gender Issues in Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow  At first glance, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving seems to be an innocent tale about a superstitious New England town threatened by a strange new comer, Icabod Crane. However, this descriptive narrative is more than just a simple tale because it addresses several gender issues that deserve attention. The pervasiveness of female influence in Sleepy Hollow and the conflict between male and female storytelling in this Dutch community are two pertinent gender issues that complicate Irving's work and ultimately enable the women of Sleepy Hollow to control the men and maintain order....   [tags: Legend Sleepy Hollow]
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Favoritism in Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Favoritism in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow In Washington Irving's short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" he has two main characters, Ichabod Crane and Bram Bones. These two heroic characters both desire the same woman, Katrina Van Tassel, the daughter of a substantial Dutch farmer. Apart from the fact that they both yearn for the same woman these two men are completely different creatures. In "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow", Washington Irving does not hide the fact that he clearly favors Ichabod Crane over Brom Bones....   [tags: Legend Sleepy Hollow] 453 words
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Hollow Men Explication - Hollow Men Explication We are the hollow men We are the stuffed men" Empty and full. Considering the speaker of this fraternity of contradictions is a singular being (it can be a human, or even a rock) representing the many of its kind, it resembles the likes of a scarecrow or perhaps a mannequin along the lines of those seen on CNN representing a Bush with a monstrously big nose put on flames. A scare crow with straw. Stuffed to the brims. A substance lacking substantiality. The straw is the substance, but each individual straw is hollow, light, one nuance of color yet together they make a purpose one of either being a mockery of what the U.N....   [tags: English Literature] 3215 words
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Contemporary Rural America Captured in Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Contemporary Rural America Captured in Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Most Americans probably believe our times are different from Washington Irving’s era. After all, almost 200 years have passed, and the differences in technology and civil liberties alone are huge. However, these dissimilarities seem merely surface ones. When reading “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” I find that the world Irving creates in each story is very familiar to the one in which I grew up....   [tags: Legend Sleepy Hollow Essays]
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The Search for America in Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - The Search for America in Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow        In the early to mid-1800's, Washington Irving was an immensely popular writer heralded as one of the 'great' American writers.  Irving's importance lies especially in "Rip Van Winkle" and " The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," the sketches in which he creates the vision of the alternate America(n).  His critique of American society through his main characters-Rip and Ichabod-and the towns in which they live gives shape to an America not usually acknowledged by his contemporaries, and thus crucial to American literary studies today.  J....   [tags: Legend Sleepy Hollow Essays]
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The Changing of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - The Changing of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow         "Once upon a time" is the predictable beginning of a fairy tale and "happily ever after" is the ending. "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving is a classical myth that defies the conventional standards of a fairy tale. Set in a valley in New England, It's a gothic tale of mystery and suspense that bears no definite ending surrounding the myth of the "Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow" (Heath 1355). The original text created by Irving was intended for the mature reader, a reader who could understand a sense of irony, had knowledge of history, and taste....   [tags: Legend Sleepy Hollow]
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Preludes - TS Eliot - Preludes - TS Eliot Relevant Background • Thomas Stearns [TS] Eliot was born in into a wealthy family in St Louis, Missouri, America in 1888 • He became a British citizen at the age of 39 in 1927. • His father was president of a brick making company. His mother wrote poetry and was once a teacher and social volunteer. They were determined to educate Thomas well. • TS Eliot's awareness of how differently some people lived inspired a lot of the descriptions found in ‘Preludes'. • Through the work of his mother and grandfather TS Eliot became aware of poverty and the boring reality of peoples' lives....   [tags: Poetry TS Eliot] 1919 words
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The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot - The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot It is said that George Eliot’s style of writing deals with much realism. Eliot, herself meant by a “realist” to be “an artist who values the truth of observation above the imaginative fancies of writers of “romance” or fashionable melodramatic fiction.” (Ashton 19) This technique is artfully utilized in her writings in a way which human character and relationships are dissected and analyzed. In the novel The Mill on the Floss, Eliot uses the relationships of the protagonist of the story, Miss Maggie Tulliver, as a medium in which to convey various aspects of human social associations....   [tags: Mill Floss George Eliot Essays]
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