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Unheard Agonies of the Unsung Females in The Waste Land


Roxana Khanom, Associate Professor, Department of English, Government Brajalal College, Khulna, Bangladesh

T. S. Eliot’s iconic masterpiece ‘The Waste Land’ has endured the test of time exploring a rich tapestry of complex issues with profound depth. Amidst its intricate narrative, numerous unsung female figures surface, injecting vital energy into the overarching story. From Madame Sosostris to the Hyacinth girl, the woman in ‘The Game of Chess’ to the delicate ‘Lil wife,’ and Cleopatra to Philomel, even a partially feminine embodiment of Tiresias—the landscape of ‘The Waste Land’ is marked by these diverse women, intensifying the emotional landscape of desolation, frustration,
mechanical sexual life, perversion, and various other modern maladies. Amid a diseased and decaying backdrop, these women navigate their existence, adapting to the unforgiving realities of the wasteland. Strikingly, their identities have become entwined with the hyper-urbanized world as if they were common commodities. This paper undertakes an exploration of these intricately interwoven female characters within the thematic tapestry of The Waste Land. These themes not only transform notions of gender and sexuality but also delve into mythology, history, legends, religion, and the intricate human condition forged in the aftermath of World War I. The paper aims to demonstrate how these unsung females become the ultimate victims of modern malaise and strive to adapt to the corruptive influences of the modern wasteland.

Keywords: Agony, Unsung females, Perversion, Sexuality, Modern, History, Mythology


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How to Cite

MLA 9th Edition

Khanom, Roxana. “Unheard Agonies of the Unsung Females in the Waste Land.” BL COLLEGE JOURNAL, vol. 5, no. 2, Dec. 2023,


APA 7th Edition

Khanom, R. (2023). Unheard Agonies of the Unsung Females in The Waste Land. BL COLLEGE JOURNAL5(2).


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