Dulce Et Decorum Est Language Features Essay

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Dulce et Decorum est, written by Wilfred Owen, was a poem about the horrifying effects of the war, and how people underestimated how truly horrifying the war was. Owen used language features such as similes, metaphors and adjectives to show how the war physically affected the soldiers, turning young, fit, healthy men into exhausted, sick, old men. These language features helped me to understand this idea by describing the physical effects the war had on those men, which then helped me see that the war was not glorious at all. A language feature that Owen used to help me see how the war physically affected the soldiers was the metaphor ‘Drunk with fatigue’. After a long day of battling, the soldiers had become absolutely exhausted. This metaphor showed this because the word ‘drunk’ in this metaphor showed how the exhaustion and fatigue had completely overridden the soldiers, making the soldiers completely oblivious to everything else around them. Owen also used to the word ‘drunk’ to show how the soldiers were so exhausted, they were drunkenly staggering rather than marching back to their trenches. Another language feature Owen used to show how the war affected the soldiers was the simile ‘bent double, like old beggars under sacks’. This simile was used by the author to show how badly the war affected the soldiers, causing them to become just like old, crippled men. The words ‘bent double’ were used to show the exhaustion of the soldiers, and how they were so tiered and in pain that they were hunched over, like old men. The words ‘under sacks’ were used in this simile to show that the once well-dressed men now wore ragged, torn and tattered clothing, due to the effects of the war. This simile helped me to see how the war affected the soldiers, turning them from fit healthy young men, into old, crippled men. The simile ‘men marched asleep’ also helped me understand
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