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The Hollow Men

The Hollow Men

by T.S. Eliot
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The Hollow Men Dissatisfaction Quotes

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Quote #1

Between the desire And the spasm Between the potency And the existence Between the essence And the descent Falls the Shadow (lines 84-89)


The Hollow Men suffer from moral paralysis – the inability to act or follow through on any of their natural feelings and capabilities. Have you ever experienced this problem in some area of your life?

Quote #2

This is the way the world ends Not with a bang but a whimper. (lines 97-98)


Because the Hollow Men can never act, except on behalf of their own narrow interests, their lives just fizzle out into a meaningless moan of unhappiness. You could think of the whole poem as their "whimper" of complaint.

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