Dulce Et Decorum Est Figurative Language

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War In Wilfred Owen’s poem “Dulce et Decorum Est” Owen uses persuasive Similes and metaphors to convey the reality of war. Owen’s tone of disgust brings alive the five senses and challenges the notion that it is “sweet and proper to die for ones country”. In the Final Stanza of the poem, Owen’s uses several similes to depict a gruesome and disgusting image. “His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin” (line 20), the speaker’s use of this simile is very powerful. Sin is the devil’s reason for existence. If the devil becomes sick of sin, then the devil no longer believes in what he symbolizes or his purpose in life. The dead Soldier’s face is disgusted with the war and himself. Owen may also be describing the Soldier as questioning the purpose of war and the price of freedom. There weren’t any body bags to hide the bodies or the faces of the casualties. The Soldiers were forced to look at their dead friends, brothers and fathers as they marched on, constantly being reminded of the sacrifices of innocent lives claimed by the war as they viewed the disgusted faces hanging over the wagon. Another compelling simile used to traject his tone of disgust is when the author compares the sound of the gassed man gurgling blood in his lungs as “Obscene as cancer” (line 23). Anyone who has experienced cancer knows the horror and fight involved. Owen compares the effects of cancer to the horror in war. Cancer does not discriminate and neither does poison gas; they are both equal opportunity destroyers that are uncontrollable once they take over the body. The simile creates a vision of a slow painful death, a form of torture the victims are forced to endure. Owen’s continues to create a very distinct and vivid image of the young Soldier struggling to get his last breath of life. “Bitter as the cud of vile” (line 23-24); the poet uses a very repulsive simile to

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