The Populist Significance of Thomas' “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night”, and Henley’s “Invictus” in Tarrant's Manifesto "The Great Replacement”

Reimundus Raymond Fatubun


On March 15, 2019, Tarrant committed a crime driven by a specific ideology. He intentionally used Thomas' villanelle “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night” to introduce his manifesto and Henley’s “Invictus” to conclude it, both for a reason. Tarrant's concepts of ethnonationalism and ethno-patriotism are suggested by his use of the villanelle, which relates to his idea of the fatherland. During his visit to Europe, Tarrant was alarmed by the number of immigrants he encountered, which fueled his hatred and ultimately led him to carry out his crime. His determination to act is expressed in his choice to include Henley’s “Invictus” in his manifesto. This article aims to identify the metaphands of the metaphiers and their metaphereins in the poems and provide explanations necessary for a better understanding of the metaphands in the context of Tarrant's manifesto, including the significance of father symbolism, the slow destruction of "the father" through birth rate, the importance of four types of men, and Tarrant’s projection of hatred in “Invictus” in response to multicultural challenges.

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World Journal of English Language
ISSN 1925-0703(Print)  ISSN 1925-0711(Online)

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