The analysis of T.S. Eliot's "The Hollow Men" and "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" Essay
The analysis of T.S. Eliot's "The Hollow Men" and "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock", 500 words essay example
As the sun rises, the boat passes a ceremonial arrangement of human heads arranged on spikes and dead bodies dangling on trees they have made it to Kurtz's kingdom. Hundreds of Kurtz's followers, all armed, stand silently on the temple steps, watching them, and waiting for Kurtz's orders. The Photojournalist yells that it's okay and tells them to sound his siren. Everyone scatters except for the Photojournalist, who meets the boat as it docks. He shakes the crew's hands and explains that all of Kurtz's "children" have gathered because they are afraid that they're to take Kurtz away. Willard says that he just wants to talk to Kurtz. The Photojournalist tells Willard, "Hey, man, you don't talk to the Colonel. You listen to him. The man's enlarged my mind. He's a poet warrior in the classic sense." The Photojournalist is a mad follower of Kurtz. He believes that Kurtz mad spewings is artful. The killing and sacrificing are a part of the bigger picture and their fortunate to be in such a god's presence.
The Photojournalist in his heightened state also says that "This is the way the fucking world ends. Look at this fuckin' shit we're in, man. Not with a bang, but with a whimper, and with a whimper, I'm fucking splitting, Jack." This is taken from T.S. Eliot's poem, The Hollow Men. He was inspired to write this poem because of Heart of Darkness. It is the poem's famous last two lines, "This is the way the world ends / Not with a bang but with a whimper." From the title, the reader knows that a hollow man is reading the poem. Kurtz and the other men that are involved in the colonialist war are broken. They are hollow and stuffed. They have ridden themselves of their humanity and replaced it with greed and evil. War makes men hollow and war will be responsible for the world ending in a whimper.
The Photojournalist leads Willard to the base of the temple where Kurtz resides. It is decorated with human heads on spikes. The Photojournalist apologetically admits that sometimes Kurtz "goes too far." He acknowledges that Kurtz is a violent, narcissistic man, but so God. Willard is led inside the darkened temple by Kurtz's followers. He describes the smells like "slow death, malaria, and nightmares." Kurtz is sick and smells of death. Just as Kurtz in Heart of Darkness, they came from a European descent, they weren't meant to stay there. They easily fell to sickness of the body and mind.
From the darkness, Kurtz's hands and bald head are only visible. Kurtz is never fully in the darkness, hinting towards the idea that he's not completely dark. There is still some civilized piece of him in there. His last bit of humanity is what allows him to let Willard free. He knows that Willard is there to kill him, but still allows him to walk free through his settlement. Him dying will allow him keep his soul