Where can you see themes of hope and despair in "The Waste Land"?

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I'm not sure that there's much in the way of hope in The Waste Land. The picture that Eliot presents of fragmented, atomistic post-war society is consistently grim, to say the least. The overriding mood is one of unrelieved despair in a world in which all the old certainties have been turned upside-down by conflict and rapid social change. Elements of the old high culture that Eliot values so highly still remain; but they are mere fragments, shored up against the ruins of a decaying, decadent culture.

Eliot understands the futility of attempting to turn back the clock. All that's left is to gather up the valuable cultural remnants of the past and use...

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