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Joseph Scarpelli TS Eliot wrote about times that were vacant and wasteful which society had brought upon itself In his poem titled Preludes Eliots perception of modern civilization is of total destruction of all morality due to the lust materialism and ungodly actions that man has inflicted upon the world It is no longer time when people seek knowledge and love one another but rather a place that was turned upside-down and its people leading the way to its violent destruction This same perception is evident within The Wasteland The Hollow Men and The Love Story of Alfred J Prufrock The perception of bareness and emptiness within the world is visible in the civilization that Eliot writes about in Preludes The days come and go with no understanding or knowing of how to make the day fulfilled The people appear to just go through their daily routines of staying out late at the pubs and then waking only to hurry to their coffee stands and later stand in their furnished rooms These people appear to be dead even though they are very well alive They may have their luxuries and advantages in the lives they live but their life has no meaning and therefor neither do they on this earth The poem The Hollow Men carries the same dead image through it as well TS Eliot describes it as the dead land which man lives on and since the land is dead so is the man that lives upon it The modern civilization that Eliot writes has turned inauthentic and materialistic as portrayed in Preludes Things such as religion and family do not seem to take on the meaning in ones life that they used to and it appears that people are now out for themselves rather than others The poem is extremely individualistic since the narrator never mentions relations with others The inauthentic and materialistic concepts are also portrayed in The Wasteland
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