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‘Disabled’ by Wilfred Owen and ‘The hero’ by Siegried Sassoon - How language is used to achieve their purpose

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Choose two or three poems from the coursework section of the anthology and discuss the way they use language to achieve their purpose. The two poems I am going to discuss are 'Disabled' by Wilfred Owen and 'The hero' by Siegried Sassoon. The two poems both give a considerably different view of war, and they both have a different purpose. 'Disabled' starts very gloomy. It describes how someone "sat in a wheelchair". This gives the reader the feeling of helplessness and inactivity. This is followed by "waiting for dark". In this case, "the dark" could mean the evening, but it could also mean that he is waiting for death. Another example of the helplessness is that someone needs to "put him into bed", which means he can't do it himself. ...read more.


It is obvious that the purpose of this poem is to tell young men to not go to war. To do this he uses men's weakness: women. He describes how he used to be the hero at the local football team, "carried shoulder-high". At the end it says that the "women's eyes passed from him to the strong men that were whole". It is ironic though, that the reason he joined the army in the first place was to "please his Meg", and that she had said that "he'd look a God in kilts". By describing that how he will "never feel again how slim girl's waists are" and that they touch him "like some queer disease", he is making young men think twice about joining the army, because they want to be seen at one of the "strong men who are whole" rather than "some queer disease". ...read more.


The army officer had described him as "brave" and "glorious", making his mother "proud" and shining with " gently triumph, brimming with joy". These "gallant lies" by the army are the complete opposite of how Jack is described. Overall, I can say that 'Disabled' uses gloom, contrast and describing that wounded soldiers don't get any women, to get across that despite the army seeming glorious, it isn't. In 'The hero', Siegried Sassoon uses simplicity and contrast to make it clear to the reader that the army lie to boost morale at home. By saying at the end of the poem that "no one seemed to care" about the soldiers death, he also says that joining the army is not as glorious as it seems. He uses simplicity so the reader can relate better to the situation. ?? ?? ?? ?? By Thomas Hackford - 1 - ...read more.

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