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The driving force of all life is procreation and re-birth For mankindvegetation the animal kingdom the survival of the species is thedominant factor and only the fittest survive For millennia differentraces have believed that the fertility of the land depended on thesexual potency of their ruler or favour of their gods Pagan RomanGreek and other gods have been invented who were believed to controlthe fertility of the land such as Ceres the Roman goddess ofagriculture on which the survival of their populations has beenbelieved to have depended Various superstitions and religions havefurther developed and become significant factors in the lives ofbillions of the worlds population The Waste Land takes these themesand portrays a dead land that lacks the fertility and sexual potencyneeded to sustain and progress life A land void of what is needed forre-birth The 4 life-giving elements Earth Air Fire Water Earth issterile Air is turned to brown fog Fire burns Water drowns Thesexual imageries are unproductive sex is present as a lustfulfunctional device but lacking of the necessary fertility Superstitionsare turned to by the society in search of the answer in the form ofTarot cards and religion is a constant thread as evidenced by therecurring Biblical references and themesIn The Burial of the Dead we see that he gives us an image ofthe Earth as sterile instead of being the foundation ofvegetation It is only a repository for the dead Earth is the1st of the 4 natural elements These 4 opening lines echo theApril root Lilacflower and rainshower imagery ofthe 4 opening lines of The General Prologue of ChaucersCanterbury Tales These lines are reflecting the image of lifeand death Rain usually nurtures and strengthens plants and sustainsthem but here we see that life even with water is slowly dying andwasting away He later goes on to say that the trees will give noshelter and the crickets no relief This line comes from Ecclesiastes125-7 Also when they shall be afraid of that which
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