The story is woven from the main themes of injustice and the ironies. As the title suggests, the story portrays the image of a waste land. This is because the town is a place where righteousness is an unknown word and has thus made it a barren and useless land of trash, as described in the book “wilderness of wire and iron…” symbolising the lawlessness in the area. It can also be seen from the first paragraph where it says “It was a thing he had talked about; now he was to see it for himself”, telling me that such robbery was rampant and crime roams in every nook and corner of the town. It is also evident from the fact that a son is so desperate for money that he is willing to do anything, even if it means to hurt and rob from his father. The irony of the story is that while the father frantically fought to escape the jaws of death for love of his wife and children, his son is fighting for the money in his father’s pocket. “The place was well chosen, for behind him was the high wall of the convent and a barred door that would never open before a man was dead.” A convent is supposed to be a place that is virtuous, yet it wouldn’t open its door to help a dying man. This story is very sad and unfortunate yet such injustice is like a daily affair on the other side of the world.