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Compare the ways in which Owen and Frost present youth in disabled and Out, out-

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Martha Levy Compare the ways in which Owen and Frost present youth in ?disabled? and ?Out, out-? When comparing the poems ?Out,Out-? and Disabled many themes appear, the most prominent being youth. Youth is the period between childhood and adulthood in which one grows and develops; it is also a time of hope and optimistic idealism. Not only is youth a physical state of being but a mental state of mind too . Youth is a formative period in a person?s life that is only a short part of one?s existence. Youth as well as life is established in the title of the poem ?Out ,Out-? as youth is as fragile as the flame of a candle, all it takes is a small gust of wind and the flame subsides and dies. In both of the poems the protagonists have had their youth and potential taken away. In one of the cases the young boy has an untimely death yet in the other the principal character has to ?spend a few sick years in institutes? until his death comes. ...read more.


At the beginning of the second stanza of the poem the reader is bought back in time when the boy reminisces about before he went to war. The juvenile nature of the boy is confirmed when he signed up for the war because he was told ?he?d look a God in kilts? and ?Germans he scarcely thought of; all of their guilt and Austria?s, did not move him. And no fears/Of fear came yet?. In the last stanza of disabled the protagonist is desperate to be put to bed when a person is a child they are put to bed by their parents, this symbolises how reliant he is on other people, he is almost like a child in needing to be put to bed. Alternatively being put to bed could represent being put to bed for the last time, in the first stanza of the poem the reader is informed that the protagonist is ?waiting for dark? this could be hinting that he is waiting to die as he has nothing to live for. ...read more.


The boy?s youth is reiterated when he beg his sister ?don?t let them cut my hand off- Don?t let them sister?. This plea by the boy confirms his youth as he is begging his older sister to do something to change the outcome of the events even though she can?t. The boy?s plea shows how young and innocent he is as it is the plea that a young child would make when they have hurt them self. The protagonist begging his sister in ?Out-Out? is similar to the boy in ?disabled? asking ?Why don?t they come/ And put him to bed?? both of them have become dependent on someone else. When the protagonist dies in ?Out-Out? there is ?no more to build on there? his potential and optimistic idealism is lost along with his life. The events of ?Disabled? are very similar as even though the protagonist does not die he has to spend the rest of his life being looked after and so he has lost his potential too. There are many similarities between the two poems; both the boys have had their youth taken away in a single short moment which changes their future. ...read more.

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