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The Hollow Men

The Hollow Men

by T.S. Eliot
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The Hollow Men Dreams, Hopes, and Plans Quotes

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Quote #1

Here the stone images Are raised, here they receive The supplication of a dead man's hand Under the twinkle of a fading star. (lines 41-44)

The Hollow Men pray to stones instead of to God. (Considering that this is a Christian poem, that's a bad thing). They "supplicate," which means they want something, probably an end to their miserable condition. Does "twinkle" of the star, even as it is "fading," suggest that there might be some tiny atom of hope for them?

Quote #2

Sightless, unless The eyes reappear As the perpetual star Multifoliate rose Of death's twilight kingdom The hope only Of empty men. (lines 61-67)

The Hollow Men hold out hope that the "eyes" will come back as a heavenly rose to save them. We think this meeting could look like the end of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, except with a flower instead of a space ship.

Quote #3

For Thine is Life is For Thine is the (lines 92-94)

These lines are an example of the "meaningless" speech of the Hollow Men, a voice that rattles like the wind. Their inability to finish the "Lord's Prayer" only cements their damnation.

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