The Image of Woman in T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land

Author: Maha Qahtan Sulaiman

Keywords: Woman, Culture, Myth, Waste Land, Sterility


Much has been written about Eliot’s innovative technical and intellectual achievements, but not enough has been done on the role of woman in his poetry. The image of woman is part of the moral structure of T. S Eliot’s The Waste Land. Living in an age of spiritual bankruptcy, Eliot dedicates The Waste Land to portray a falling world in which the image of woman is part of the disintegration of civilization. Eliot sketches the woman of The Waste Land as trivial, faithless, lustful, sterile and hysterical. She sets the
atmosphere of the poem as one of betrayal and disappointment. The image of woman in The Waste Land becomes Eliot’s tool to attack futile modernity.