Dulce Et Decorum Est Essay

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Comparing The Sentry and Dulce et Decorum Est The Sentry by Wilfred Owen was written in 1917 and is Owen's account of seeing a man on sentry duty injured by a shell that has exploded near him. The man has his eyes mutilated and is blinded by his injuries but at the end claims to see a light again. Dulce et Decorum Est also by Wilfred Owen at a similar time to The Sentry and is Owen's account of seeing a man die from poison gas because he didn't get his mask on in time. In both The Sentry and Dulce et Decorum Est, Owen is trying to demythologise war by portraying horrific examples of the effects of war. In The Sentry, Owen accounts how he saw a man have his face disfigured by a shell. He uses gruesome imagery and descriptions of the man, "Eyeballs, huge-bulged like squids" which puts a dreadful image in the readers mind. Owen uses similar techniques in Dulce et Decorum est when the man is choking from the poison gas, "the blood come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs" which again conjures up grotesque images in the readers mind. By using these techniques Owen is showing how war is not glamorous and there is no real glory in war, just death and destruction. The first paragraph in both poems sets the scene for what is about to come, "We'd found an old Boche dug-out". Nothing particularly eventful happens in these paragraphs but they are needed as they help the reader picture what it would be like to be where the reader is so they can imagine what is happening more vividly. Owen often describes seemingly insignificant things which help build up this mental picture in the readers mind. Only when the reader is truly immersed in the setting of the poem does Owen hit them with the actual event. Each poem puts across its key messages in different ways. In Dulce et Decorum est, Owen sends across the message directly at the end of the poem, telling them how the old saying

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