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.Comparison of the PoemsMental Cases and DisabledBy Wilfred Owen. Examine how the poet expresses his outrage at the effect of war

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.Comparison of the Poems Mental Cases and Disabled By Wilfred Owen. Examine how the poet expresses his outrage at the effect of war in the poems. Look at the language he uses to convey the pain and hurt that war causes I will compare the poems 'Disabled' and 'Mental Cases' for my essay. I will look at the language that Wilfred Owen uses to convey the pain and hurt that war causes. I will also endeavour to examine how the poet expresses his outrage at the effect of the war in both poems. I will make a comparison between them. Wilfred Owen was born in March 1893. He taught on the continent until 1915, when he enlisted after visiting a hospital for wounded soldiers. He said that he wanted to help, either by leading the soldiers or writing to let the world know about their plight. He achieved both. He was killed at the front line in March 1917 aged 28, just 7 days before the armistice. Both poems take a look at the stark realties of the war. In 'Mental cases' he looks at the demolition of men's minds, due to the horrors they witnessed, and experienced, while in the war. 'Disabled' investigates the consequences of the war for a young handsome soldier. In both poems he takes a sympathetic stance towards the casualties. In 'Mental Cases' the Victims of war are explored by looking at the physiological traumas. In 'Disabled' it is mainly the physical consequences that are examined. Although the notion of 'unseen' scars that change and destroy lives always flows through his work. ...read more.

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Shocking emotion content is used to show us the humanity taken from them, the fact that they are human, real people not just statistics. 'Rucked too thick for these men's extraction' A forceful end line to allegorize the grotesque carnage of war. By the last verse we know the cause and effect of war on these soldiers. 'Snatching after us who smote them, brother' A sharp reminder of the combined guilt of the world, the responsibility we should feel for these men. This is reiterated in the last line, 'Pawing us who dealt them war and madness' An arrow of words shooting the blame at us. Now I will look at the poem 'Disabled'. Disabled is a much more straight forward poem, most people find physical wound easy to understand than mental scars. The opening line uses colour to set the scene, just like 'mental Cases' does. 'He sat in a wheeled chair, waiting for dark' 'In his ghastly suit of grey' The sombre bleak tone hits you straight away. The usage of deep despairing shades, of dark and grey implies the isolation of the soldier. We are introduced to a soldier that is obviously disabled 'Legless, sewn short at elbow.' Straight forward so far but then we are given an insight into his mental turmoil, 'Voices of boys rang saddening like a hymn,' How unfair that he can't have fun, he can't run around and enjoy the simple pleasures in life. There is also a religious reference; Owen used religion in a lot of his works. We are given a glimpse of memories in the second verse. ...read more.

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Has she let her eyes pass 'from him to the strong men that were whole'? The embarrassment and pain that this attitude causes are the more of an injury to the soldier than his loss of limbs. More unseen scarring, whereas the scars in mental cases are all too obvious. And the blame for both is laid at our door, for we have 'Dealt them war and madness'. Wilfred Owen expresses disgust for war using memorable and understandable imagery. We are to blame, we didn't fight against going to war, and we let the politicians seduce us. 'Snatching after us who smote them, brother' 'he didn't have to beg' Both of the poems are a shocking reminder of the effect to normal people that war freely gives out. In both works we are shown the pointlessness and damage of war, the cruel truths gathered from Owens own experiences. We are made to realise that the greatest suffering is not had by those killed on the battlefield, but by those who survive. Both poems show this the bitterness runs strong. In disabled the scars seem on the surface, Owens is very direct in his portrayal of this, 'He sat in a wheeled chair' but then we begin to glimpse the unseen damage the constant haemorrhage of self, 'All of them touch him like some queer disease'. The use of alliteration in ' Mental cases shows the scars much clearer, 'Multitudinous murders they once witnessed' A hard hitting and numbing statement, Not only does it yet again point out the immorality of war, but leads use in to introspection of how we would cope if we had endured the same officially sanctioned terrors. We are left to contemplate the collective guilt. ?? ?? ?? ?? D.Epathite 20/03/05 1 ...read more.

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