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The Hollow Men

The Hollow Men


by T.S. Eliot

The Hollow Men Identity Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (line)

Quote #4

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 #5

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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