More Questions

After reading each of the texts a couple of times, I am still left with unresolved questions. To start, I’m not entirely sure how all these texts mesh together and what they mean for the wasteland in general. So instead of arranging all these themes together in some coherent form that I think Eliot was going for, I’m just going to spitball some things that struck me. As the most irrelevant I’ll start with that the transformations struck me as interesting and relate to other fiction of today like Game of Thrones. Now is not the time or forum for me to delve into my respect and admiration I have for the A Song of Ice and Fire series. However, it is interesting to see where some of his influences come from. Such as, a popular story in Westeros is about an evil cook who cooked up a visiting king’s son and fed the son to the king. After the king eats the son, it is revealed, and the cook is turned into a giant rat for breaking the rule of not killing someone who has been invited into their house. A very similar event occurs later in the series as one of the main characters kills and cooks a noble family to feed to their patriarch. The main character, Arya, does this as her ultimate form of revenge for what the man had done to her family. This is obviously an extremely similar story to Tereus, Procne, and Philomela. The killing and transformation in the stories are strikingly similar. But what does it mean? What does it have to do with some ultimate form of revenge or punishment? What does the transformation signify and honestly why did they transform in the first place? Was it for some sort of atonement?

Next, there is the medicine man and how that relates to the stories. From the Weston reading, I can see how the medicine man can relate to the Grail story and from earlier readings we know how the grail relates to the fisher king. So, I see all those similarities but what I’m not seeing is how that relates to these transformation tales. Possibly how this all can relate to the wasteland is some sort of atonement and revenge that is taking place from the war. To be honest, though at this point it seems like a lot of the same similarities are being drawn from multiple sources. Although it is interesting to see how this has all be derived from a base concept I am ready to see something new.



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