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The Hollow Men

The Hollow Men

by T.S. Eliot
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The Hollow Men Identity Quotes

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Quote #1

Let me also wear Such deliberate disguises Rat's coat, crowskin, crossed staves (lines 31-33)


Do you believe the claim that the scarecrow costume is a disguise, or are the Hollow Men trying to justify their lifeless form? They try to cover up their hollowness from the "eyes" of "death's other kingdom."

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)


Would you have expected the Hollow Men to be blind? How can they dance around all those cacti if they are blind? Or does Eliot mean "blind" in a metaphorical sense?

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