Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Lee Hamilton

Second Advisor

Dr. Catherine Quick

Third Advisor

Dr. Rob Johnson


A Jungian interpretation of The Waste Land was undertaken in this thesis. The symbolic underpinnings of the poem were found to resonate with archetypal significance. A comparative study of key ideas developed by C. G. Jung and T. S. Eliot was adopted in order to illuminate the psychological aspects of the poem. The theme of individuation and the archetypes which accompany it were revealed in the symbolic imagery of The Waste Land. The emotional tenor of Eliot's disposition and the philosophical direction of his thinking at the time The Waste Land was written were found to correlate with and parallel many of Jung's ideas. More detailed studies of the archetypal symbolism in The Waste Land were recommended due to the dearth of such approaches currently available.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American