Day 3

The Waste Land Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    What is the difference between "Because I do not hope to turn" and "Although I do not hope to turn"?

    The first implies that because the speaker cannot change, he cannot have complete faith. It's spoken in hesitation, in uncertainty. The second, by contrast, understands that faith is just that: it comes to the speaker as he is, and washes over him even though he can never be anything other than he is. A person of faith is made so simply by their complete belief, in whatever form it might come.

  2. 2

    Why is the speaker on the staircase in Part III?

    Some students may see him as moving away from Hell, as moving away from some sort of life of sin. The "devil of the stairs"...

Join Now to View Premium Content

GradeSaver provides access to 725 study guide PDFs and quizzes, 4228 literature essays, 1406 sample college application essays, 171 lesson plans, and ad-free surfing in this premium content, “Members Only” section of the site! Membership includes a 10% discount on all editing orders.

Join Now

Already a member? Log in