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darker tone. Again the reader is confronted with the image
of children, their playfulness and hopefulness, paired with the image of the death of not
only men but of the entire world. Here Eliot plainly states a ghastly warning about the path he sees his world taking. He sees it all coming to an end not in some apocalyptic
catastrophe, but through mankind allowing himself to slowly decay and degrade to the
point of oblivion.