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Compare and contrast the different moods and themes created in Out, Out-and Disabled

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Compare and contrast the different moods and themes created in ?Out, Out-?and ?Disabled? In ?Disabled?, Wilfred Owen a war veteran tells the story of a young soldier who returns from war and realizes how dissimilar his old life is to his new ne where he is disabled both mentally and physically despite the fact that his mind may seem unaffected by past traumas the reader will begin to understand the subtle hurts that have slowly damaged him. In contrast, the story of ?Out, out-? is of a boy completing his everyday chores, sawing wood, in the backdrop of the Vermont mountains. He accidentally cuts his hand off and he succumbs to death despite a doctor?s aid. Robert Frost?s poem on the human condition and the short life span doomed for all humans is similar to Owen?s?Disabled? in that the point that one apparently small decision has the ability to affect and have an enormous influence on that person?s identity and life. The soldier?s choice to enlist for the war then caused him to lose a leg and impacted him so drastically that he now views the world differently moreover the vividness of his former life has drained away ?down shell-holes? and his experiences are thus dull and meaningless. Whereas, in ?Out, out-? the poem?s continuity also generates the effect of sudden death with the normal day to day routine of the boy serving to further intensify death?s wiliness and how it can come to you when least expected. The nostalgia and sadness for the lost childhood and innocence that the boy and soldier had thrown away is, furthermore, a key characteristic of the two poems and instill and sense of melancholy and pity in the reader. The world?s indifference present at the boy?s death and the soldier?s deformities display to the reader how humans are more inclined to abhor the different and to ignore the tragic. ...read more.


is concluding and this insinuates an unpredictable death and the fact that anything can happen for when we are doing the most normal of routines and when we are going through a slow monotonous pace is when we, including the boy, let our guards down and expect nothing different from the norm to occur. ?So? a monosyllable further slows down the pace as well. The boy is slowly dying and yet is helpless to stop events from happening as what he wants and desires is irrelevant despite his cries to ?Don?t let him cut my hand off, sister!? he still eventually loses not only his hand but also his life and the ?hand was gone already.? To the reader this reflects how short the boy?s life was and its fragility creating a mood of regret ad sadness. The briefness of his life is also emphasized by the pauses ?-? which results in the reader feeling more connected with events in the poem as the impression is given that the boy?s views and sufferings are also channeled through to us not only as the observer but as if we were there experiencing his chaotic thoughts and pains. This, in addition, also makes the scene more emotional and chocking as we get the sense that his life is slowly slipping away and we are powerless to prevent it. The boy?s chores, sawing wood, displays normalcy and of routine and due to the rhythm?s constant and repetitive style it highlights the suddenness of the impending death. This suddenness is similar to ?Disabled? where the soldier is just ?legless? this constitutes a very blunt and brute fact without elaborating on it so the reader is shocked and distresses by the harshness of the soldier?s reality. Moreover he is surrounded by ?voices of play and pleasures? this replicates the happiness, innocence and carefree life he used to live, one that held no worries nor expectations or pity. ...read more.


He is confused after ?only a solemn man thanked him and inquired about his soul?, his disbelief is emphasized as he had been looking forward to coming back home but received only sadness and pity for his current state. Besides, it contrasts to his earlier personality because in his earlier days he was the one people looked up to and respected, now only one person bothers to pity and feel sorry for the soldier and only one person comes to offer his condolences and sympathies thus representing a great change for the young man and it challenges his earlier view and ideals on life. In conclusion, the poems? Disabled? by Wilfred Owen and ?Out, out? by Robert Frost evoke emotions of pathos, regret, nostalgia, sadness and melancholy in the atmosphere and the reader. The soldier?s hopes are dashed and the child?s violent last experience of life creates sorrow and the idea of how brief and fragile life is, is evident in both poems. The reader is overwhelmed and comes to understand the wistfulness and pity the boy and soldier?s lost childhood, freedom and former life and yet also manages to feel how indifferent the world can be towards these tragedies. Overall, ?Disabled? conveys the contrast between past and present and evokes pathos more effectively than ?Out, out?. However ?Out, out? succeeds in allowing the reader to comprehend the brevity of life and feel more nostalgic and grief for the boy?s missing childhood and liberty. The effect of the world?s apathy is felt more distinctively in ?Disabled? but it is also constituent in ?Out, out? hence the boy?s family does not care for his death and the monotonous feel prominent in the poem is able to manipulate the audience so that they realize that life still goes on as normal. And in the end, the people the boy loved the most, ?since they were not the ones dead, turned to their own affairs? while ?the boy saw all?since he was old enough to know..he saw all spoiled.? ...read more.

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