What are the pedagogical implications of The Waste Land?  

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If I understand the question, this is a phenomenal bit of delving.  If I don't, then I can only hope that what I offer can have some tangential meaning.  The pedagogical implications of Elliot's work is a rather elemental one that seeks to address how to teach students about understanding the role of crisis and lack of totality in learning and consciousness.  Most students enter classrooms with a rather totalizing and transcendent view of consciousness.  This has been reinforced through their own personal experiences or through the school institution, itself.  One of the most profound elements of Elliot's work is how it embraces a sense of forlornness as an integral aspect of being in the world.  Teaching students how to recognize this disiillusionment and critique it is a powerful element.  It flies in the face of students' binary form of thinking where people are either "happy" or "sad," where political authority is either "right" or "wrong," where consiousness itself is either "good" or "bad."  The implications of teaching such a notion that is so present in Elliot's work is enabling them to fully grasp the complexities and nuances in their own world and perception of it.