With his effective use of imagery, diction and irony, Wellford Owens strips away the glory of war and reveals the horror of what it was really like to fight in WWI. Imagery is one of the powerful devise Owen uses to show the realities of war in his poem. Owen uses descriptive words and graphic imagery to provoke feeling and deep emotions within the reader as a way of driving home his anti-war message. For instance, he writes of “froth-corrupted lungs,’’(22)”sores on innocent tongues” (24)and even describes the dying man’s face as a “devil’s sick of sin“(20). As a reader one cannot help but get a mental picture of the terrible war condition as well as feel deep compassion for the soldier.
Remarque articulates his anti-war message by portraying the brutality of war, and the negative effect it has on a generation. Remarque makes a clear point that war is not a commodity for men to become hero but rather brutal and unrelenting. He describes many scenes that portray the bloody horrors of war. The most obvious example is when Paul is walking around the hospital and describes the injuries that soldiers suffer from and he says, “a hospital alone shows what war is” (Remarque 263). This very blatant observation demonstrates Remarque’s point that war is simply gruesome.
Carolina SanJuan Mrs. Katie Noboa ELA 11B November 12 / 2015 LOTF Religious Allegory "To have doubted one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man. "-Oliver Wendell Holmes. While the writing of William Golding’s Lord of the flies the world was submerged in a terrifying war, which had not only consumed countries, but men and their ideals. The questioning of the whole point of humanity came to the surface of a generation of artists devoured by existentialism. Since the war it became common to find humanity as a point evaluation in art, evil in it’s essence considered being part of the human race.
He secluded himself from society knowing that few people could relate to him, and certainly not anyone "visible". These two examples show distinct similarities in the lonesomeness felt by both characters. The two characters' levels of forgiveness are key points in both readings. In the secret sharer, the captain would easily see the perspective of Leggatt and quickly forgive him for committing one of the heinous crimes known to man: murder. This is a major part of the story and his speedy thought process in forgiving him is a major character building point.
“Floundering like a man in fire or lime” The literal images depict the horror of death in war, abolishing the romantic notions of war set up previously by jingoistic poets of the time, such as Jesse Pope. Owen goes on to further confront these patriotic views in the final four lines of the poem. “My friend you would not tell with such high zest, to children ardent for some desperate glory, The Old Lie: Dulce et Decorum est, Pro patria mori.” This sardonic address to the aggressive nationalist views of the era causes a strong reaction in readers as they realize the truth about war – how horrific and desolate the scene actually is. “Anthem for Doomed Youth” explores another aspect of a soldier’s life in World War One. Death is corrupt and vile, and the soldiers must suffer all by themselves.
Owen is comparing the effects of cancer to the horror of war. This could show that he thinks that being in the trenches not knowing whether you will live or die is worse than knowing you will die of cancer. Linking in again with the governments war propaganda, maybe Wilfred Owen also wanted to comment on the propaganda of war which to remind the population that the glory of war is a widespread and fallacious lie and war destroys the lives of young people, and war is not “the game, the biggest that’s played”. This could also be a provocative comment on Jessie Pope’ s “Who’s for the game.” Indeed, generally, Jessie Pope’s “Who’s for the Game” is a contradiction to Wilfred Owens “Dulce Et Decorum Est”. For example, Dulce Decorum Est has a sematic field of ill health.
How does Mental Cases Provide Insights into War? Wilfred Owen’s poetry explores the barbaric and inhumane nature of war. In Mental Cases Owen juxtaposes the emotional and physical state of these soldiers with the image of inhumane creatures. Owen's uses imagery, personification and juxtaposition to express the horrors that these soldiers continue to endure after the war. Mental Cases illustrate the disconnection many soldiers face in society.
Isabelle Moran English Speech Wilfred Owen “Texts have the power to shape our perception of the world” This statement is demonstrated in Wilfred Owens poem’s Mental Case and Disabled. Through these poems’ Owen exposes and explores the reality of war by using his own terrifying experiences on the battle field to influence individuals perspectives on war. Owen’s poem mental case, a powerful poem, captures the damage to mens’ minds due to war. Owen utilises language and form to shock and describe in detail the appalling physical symptoms of mental torment. Through the title Owen displays men that were in their prime turn into wrecks.
War is thrilling; war is drudgery. War makes you a man; war makes you dead” (How to Tell a True War Story para.91). This is how O’Brien generalized the war in the work of How to Tell a True War Story. From his work I find out why he said so. War is mystery, just like the sound which the soldiers caught.
Dulce Et Decorum Est Wifred Owen’s war poem “Dulce Et Decorum Est” is poem in which there is incident vividly in a scene. Wilfred Owen expreses how it is so sweet and honourable to die for your country but also disagrees with this. Owen uses great word choice and through this technique this cause emotional and also dramatic stanza’s which include death. ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ tells us of the horrors and traumatizing effects of World War I. Wilfred Owen achieves this by using descriptive language to tell us of the terrible state of the weary soldiers and trench life. He then goes on to describe the horrific and deadly gas attack that takes the soldiers by surprise.