From his childhood, he was devoted to Christianity and wished to reach people in other countries and convert them to Christianity.
He went to Ecuador to spread his religion among the native Indians.
Textual integrity is evident as Eliot’s poetry indirectly presents to us a sense of isolation and hopelessness through his sensual collage of sound, scent and sight that inspire readers to seek out their own interpretations. S Eliot’s prescribed poems, we as responders are able to hear a single voice – Eliot’s inner soul, resonating with us.
His poetry endures precisely because of the impersonal way he has constructed the personal within us.
He spent more than six months learning Spanish and later learned Quichua, a scriptless local language of the Native Indians.
After spending three years preaching and working among the Quichua people, he decided to reach out to the Huaorani Indians, who were more savage and violent than Quichua.
By appropriating the original ‘mulberry bush’ to ‘prickly pear,’ Eliot creates a sense of disillusionment and alienation by evoking the morbid imagery of innocent children infinitesimally running around a prickly cacti.
It fills me with a feeling of paralysis as I feel trapped within a torturous scenario, in which every direction seems antagonistic and fearful. Eliot’s resonating voice of disillusion and alienation fills responders with the prevailing fear of a world without progress and where actions has no direction.
His efforts to use the native language to communicate the word of Christ proved very effective.
He also maintained a well-organized diary which recorded the trials and tribulations faced by him as a missionary.