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Representation of War in Regeneration and Wilfred Owens Poetry

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Representation of War in "Regeneration" and Wilfred Owens war poetry * How both the writers explore emasculating effects of WW1-techniques used by both writers * Explore and Compare the ways both authors use language to create effects, in particular their use of imagery to convey the experience of war. Both "Regeneration" and the poems of Wilfred Owen give a very poignant "representation of the war". In many ways the two pieces of work give the reader a clear insight into the lives of people caught up in the war, and the effect that the war had on people. On effect of the War is the creation of a sense of emasculinity, something which is discussed in both regeneration and Wilfred Owens poetry. The characters in "regeneration" express concern of emasculation whilst at Craiglockhart hospital. The emasculation which is discussed in "Regeneration" highlights how powerless the soldiers felt when faced with the harsh reality of what war is truly like. The fears of the men are clearly evident in their dreams, nightmares and relations with fellow characters. Anderson for one has a dream where he is tied down with "corsets" and Rivers and Sassoon talk about an "intermediate sex". Initially the men who enlist to become soldiers believe they are doing something which is quintessentially masculine. Despite them trying to do the "manly" things, they have been viewed in society to be somewhat unmanly, because of the breakdown that they suffered in the face of war. ...read more.

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Owens poetry is clearly very moving as it removes the misconception of "the glory of war". Through the work of Owen and the vivid descriptions that he uses the reader is given a clear image of the horrible suffering caused to soldiers during the war. Barker too used imagery effectively in Regeneration. Here imagery is used to convey how the war has affected the man mentally. Barker's imagery helps the reader to emphasise with the suffering of the soldiers. Wilfred Owen creates imagery for the purpose of transmitting emotions to the reader, in an attempt to make the reader feel as if they are situated in the trenches. His poem, Dolce Et Decorum Est, which attacks the glory of war, he dehumanises the soldiers who are leaving the trenches through his language and descriptions. He describes the supposed heroes as being "like, old beggars" & "coughing like hags". Imagery is also created very effectively in the 2nd stanza, which describes the events after a Gas attack in the trenches. Imagery is used to the reader can understand the suffering of the soldiers, the reader can hear the protagonist "yelling and stumbling", "like a man in fire or lime" this helps the reader visualise the pain the men are subjected too. A harrowing image is then created when the protagonist stays with the soldier until her suffocates to death, "drowning under a green sea". ...read more.

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To further Anderson's embarrassment he is then confronted with an emasculating image of himself being tied down by corsets. Through the vast majority of the images created by Barker describe the physiological effects of the war; however there are passages which address the physical effects of the war. Sarah for one, see's a room full of people that have lost their limps and are now being hidden from a society that does not want to address the atrocities that the war has caused. Barker also Owen uses images to discuss and describe how men lost their lives in trenched. In chapter 4 symbolisms is used to describe the harrowing effects the war has had on Burns. Burns has neurasthenia, as whilst on the front line, after an explosion he landed on the decaying body of another soldier. One afternoon Burns sneaks away from the hospital and goes to the forest, where he imagines a tree full of dead animals, which it could be said represent his dead fellow soldiers who died in the slaughter of the front line trenches. Owens language is used to create direct harrowing images of the immediate effect of the war. Whereas Barker also reflects the cruelty of the war, but describes through imagery and symbolism the mental affects that the war had on the men. Both writers are effective in transmitting different experiences of the war for people who had did not live through these horrors. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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