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The Hollow Men

The Hollow Men


by T.S. Eliot

The Hollow Men Dreams, Hopes, and Plans Quotes

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Quote #1

Remember us—if at all—not as lost
Violent souls, but only
As the hollow men
The stuffed men. (lines 15-18)

It sounds like the Hollow Men want to be remembered by people back on earth and in Heaven, just like many of the souls of Dante's Inferno. They're almost saying, "We were worthless and never helped anyone in our lives, but at least we never hit someone over the head with a lead pipe!"

Quote #2

Eyes I dare not meet in dreams
In death's dream kingdom
These do not appear:
There, the eyes are
Sunlight on a broken column
There, is a tree swinging
And voices are
In the wind's singing
More distant and more solemn
Than a fading star. (lines 19-28)

Even in their dreams, the Hollow Men can't bear to meet the "eyes." These lines show the extent to which they are torn between fear and curiosity about "death's other kingdom." As always, their fear wins out.

Quote #3

Not that final meeting
In the twilight kingdom (lines 37-38)

We think that the "final meeting" refers to the Day of Judgment prophesied in the Bible, when all souls will have to meet their eternal fate. It looks like the Hollow Men aren't too optimistic about their fate.

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