Essay Oranges Not Only Fruit
When the missing persona is restored in the final stanza as a bricoleur figure (who bridges the languages with the oriental Hindu religious terms in his benediction), TWL attests to the transcendental nature of religion to reinvigorate the spirituality of the Western modernist, through the mediation of otherness. The humanist ethos of the threefold in Hindu doctrine is too provocatively foregrounded in TWL: its visual and aural alienation from European languages inspires the Western modernist to recall the fundamental humanist underpinnings of Christian faith (which has remained largely implicit in the poem). In aligning with the linguistic structure (a system of negative relations), Oranges suggests that religion is complicit in producing the meaninglessness of existence, as seen in the reductive understanding of her world through the following schema: Enemies were: The Devil (in his many forms) Next Door Sex (in its many forms) Slugs Friends were: God Our dog Auntie Madge ... I have been brought in to join her in a tag match against the Rest of the World.
Confessions (Footnote 9, 2191) suggests the transcendental quality of religious redemption: one that is universal, in spite of temporal, cultural and doctrinal differences. In The Waste Land, religion is represented as an eclectic bricolage of different cultures and periods, brought together their common motifs of resurrection and regeneration.This transcendence of temporal and geographical planes through the mediation of religious others refamiliarizes the western modernist poet with the universal and humanist ethos of Christianity, hence allowing him to transcend the creative stasis of an otherwise worldview.Reductively structured along the equally empty signifiers and the two terms does not reveal any complexed and empirical qualities that underscore the theological referents.The arbitrariness of this schema is further exemplified in how the schema still makes syntactical sense when Jeanette inverts the implied hierarchy (with God as her preceding all other things) in her theology were friends and (Winterson 3) to privilege the Devil at the top of her own binary structure. It does not seem to matter that the Fire Sermon begins as a Buddhist teaching and concludes with a Christian prayer. Rather, as the visually disappears from the repetitive chants of Eliot suggests the transcendental effect of religious or which redeems the individual from the formal trappings of the sinful that never 3. While Oranges presents the transcendental nature of religion as that which lies beyond the reach of linguistic structure, The Waste Land exploits its own formal structure to highlight transcendental influence upon the individual, which transports him from the immediate stasis of his existence. In Fire passage, romance has been reduced to mundane and mechanical sex: vanity requires no response, makes a welcome of (ll. The awareness of a universal, transcendental religious ethos created the eclectic use of foreign languages and religious terms, prompts us to uncover the hidden reference to Christian giving in the poem: cisterns and exhausted (l.385) resonates with appeal for a drink from the Samaritan Woman at well 4. better to enter into life maimed than having two hands to go into Hell, into the fire that never shall be (Mark 9: 43, NIV). 4 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, you give me a disciples had gone into the town to buy food.).