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How Does Owen Vividly Express The

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How Does Owen Vividly Express The "Pity Of War" In Disabled? The first line of the poem starts by saying: He sat in a wheeled chair, waiting for dark, Owen uses the idea of a man who is disabled as a way of making people sympathize with him because he was not as able as most people. The way in which he was situated in the dark makes the sentence ambiguous, showing it could literally stand for the condition of the light or that the man is alone and helpless. The writer then further made the point of the man being disabled; "Legless, sewn short at elbow." This portrays an image of a defenceless man. Owen further rubs in the fact that the man is hindered by the "Voices" of "boys", "play and pleasure" which he could hear from the park. This also showed the way in which the man was thinking of when he was younger. ...read more.


The past was when he was not disabled and before he went to fight in the Great War. The existing time which the poem was set in was when the man came back from war disabled. A great example of this is the quotation "He thought he'd better join - He wonders why." The man joined because almost everyone was volunteering, including his friends. This was therefore a fashionable thing to do; being classed as an adventure rather than a dangerous crusade. However, once he came back from the fighting he could not understand why someone would volunteer to be put under such torture. This confusion is noticed by the reader as he asks questions to them due to what he had been through. The man was also conscious about his present state of body because before the war he was normal: "After the matches, carried shoulder-high." Nevertheless, after the war the poem says "He sat in a wheeled chair" The man preferred to reminisce over the able body which he once had. ...read more.


Nevertheless the man is also reminding the reader of the time when he used to play football and how he got cheered by people in an ecstatic manner. This is extremely depressing to the reader because they know that football was a very large part of his life: "It was after football, when he'd drunk a peg" and to have no legs after the Great War was just a tragic thought. He still wishes for the attention which he once had because he asks questions, almost begging to the reader "Why don't they come". This is because the girls are not coming to the hospital and people aren't looking after him because he is useless. Owen said this about all his poems" My subject is war and the pity of war". This idea of pity explains that there is a contrast between the past and present throughout the poem this is how the reader recognises his pain from being normal in the past and suffering from the effects of war in the present. ...read more.

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