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Hollow Modern Women castigated By T.S. Eliot in The Waste Land
Reputation is more
important than chastity for Modern Women
Modern Man and the
Ape Man came across each other at the bridge, once again. Modern Man had come
to admire nature on the recommendation of his Psychiatrist and Ape Man had come
to admire the technology of man-made bridge. When Modern Man asked Ape Man
about his views on boredom, he was reluctant to share. When Modern Man insisted
he spoke only one line.
“Here one can
neither stand nor lie nor sit”
For Modern Man the
line was simply absurd. What can someone do if not stand, lie or sit? Fly? He
was annoyed at the Ape Man, as if he was responsible for what Tiresias said.
"No you can’t even
fly, because you do not have a powerful imagination like Super Man". Modern Man
felt stuck. He looked at Ape Man.
Ape Man explained
“To look for anything is to act on the hypothesis that it exists, faith
precedes faith in regressive manner.” Modern Man remembered having heard this
too. Ape Man said “You can’t take stand for your belief, you can’t prostrate in
surrender, nor you can contemplate in lotus position. So you are doomed.”
Modern Man was
stunned till he received a voice message from his wife. “I am at a party and
will return home at late tonight. Do not wait for me. Serve dinner yourself.
Love you, baby”. Followed by the sound of a kiss.
They had an instant
eye contact. Ape Man was smiling satirically. Both had noticed that excuse to
party was lame. The voice was hollow and there was no background noise of the party.
Ape Man said “If
there were water…or….if there were the sound of water only.” After a pause, he
said "Hollow Woman”.
Modern Man ignored
the remark. He did not want to discuss his personal relationship with his wife
with the Ape Man.
Ape Man could read
the mind of Modern Man. He changed the topic. He told to Modern Man “Your
civilisation is travelling back, towards us and our civilisation is travelling
forward towards you. Like a time traveller we are neither past nor future. I
hear about your nude beaches and organic farming. You are back to nature on the
advice of your psychiatrist. In my clan many women have started covering their
private parts with sheep skin. I know this shame will make our society corrupt.
Women with covered skin becomes more desirable. This will lead to all other
types of corruption.”
“Stop them from
wearing loincloth. You are the Head” Modern Man retorted.
“Society is also
dynamic. It evolves and undergoes a change with the advancement of time like an
individual”. Ape Man was now in a trance. He continued "Chinua Achebe in Things Fall Apart could not stop society from evolving”.
Modern Man knew he
was talking to a Time Traveller.
Modern Man decided
to take his opinion. “Why did you call our women as hollow” he asked.
“Because they are
more bothered about reputation than chastity. Remember Philomela?” Ape Man
Modern Man nodded.
He had been reading The Waste Land many times a day. Chastity was no more a
virtue in his society. Everything is mechanical. Even Sex. Mechanisation is Boredom.
Even all the attempts to break the monotony have also become stereotyped.