• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Comparing "The Sentry" and "Dulce et Decorum Est".

Extracts from this document...


Comparing The Sentry and Dulce et Decorum Est The Sentry by Wilfred Owen was written in 1917 and is Owen's account of seeing a man on sentry duty injured by a shell that has exploded near him. The man has his eyes mutilated and is blinded by his injuries but at the end claims to see a light again. Dulce et Decorum Est also by Wilfred Owen at a similar time to The Sentry and is Owen's account of seeing a man die from poison gas because he didn't get his mask on in time. In both The Sentry and Dulce et Decorum Est, Owen is trying to demythologise war by portraying horrific examples of the effects of war. In The Sentry, Owen accounts how he saw a man have his face disfigured by a shell. He uses gruesome imagery and descriptions of the man, "Eyeballs, huge-bulged like squids" which puts a dreadful image in the readers mind. ...read more.


Each poem puts across its key messages in different ways. In Dulce et Decorum est, Owen sends across the message directly at the end of the poem, telling them how the old saying "dulce et decorum est pro patria mori" is an "old lie". In The Sentry, which has the same overall message as Dulce et Decorum est (demythologising war), doesn't make it as obvious that this is what it is trying to say. Even so, it is still fairly obvious that Owen is trying to demonstrate how horrible war actually is with this gruesome account of a terrible event. In Dulce et Decorum est, Owen engages the reader so they can empathise with the speaker is feeling after witnessing such a horrible event. In the last stanza Owen often uses the word "you" to address the reader as well as saying "my friend" which makes the poem seem more personal and as though he is directly talking to the speaker. ...read more.


Both poems are very similar in that they both portray a horrible account of the effects of war, both the physical wounds on the person who is injured and the mental scarring of those who witnessed the event. In doing so the poems help get across the message that it is not "sweet and fitting to die for your country" but not necessarily that war should be avoided completely. Owen wasn't against war as such, as he himself fought in one himself, but more against people dying needlessly in large numbers. Overall I think that Owen did a very good job in demythologising war as he uses powerful imagery to show how dreadful war really is. Most of what Owen is writing about probably wouldn't be relevant nowadays since so few people are actually dying in wars but that doesn't mean his points are not valid. Owen's argument may not be relevant but it is still very powerful and meaningful. ?? ?? ?? ?? Thomas Aird ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Wilfred Owen section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Here's what a teacher thought of this essay

3 star(s)

Generally, this is a sound essay. The student has demonstrated good knowledge of the poems. The student has selected appropriate quotes to support the points made. The points could have been explored with a little more depth and the points of comparison are quite straightforward and simple.

Marked by teacher Melissa Thompson 30/03/2013

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Wilfred Owen essays

  1. Peer reviewed

    Dulce et Decorum Est

    4 star(s)

    The "old lie" is that war is good and respectable. The government at the time would have reacted drastically to this poem because they were trying to keep the bad truth of the war quiet so people would not be discouraged by the mass death and disease but Wilfred Owen

  2. A comparison between 'Dulce et Decorum Est' and 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' by Wilfred ...

    This makes it all the more effective because anyone can understand what the poem is about. The fact that this poem is a sonnet is ironic as sonnets are usually written when expressing feelings of love. 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' is not about love or anything similar.

  1. How Wilfred Owen in the poem "Disabled" analyses the theme of war

    he will look with new uniform and a gun in his hand. He was proud to be soldier and he loved the feeling when people cheered him like he is a hero, because he is going to fight for his country.

  2. Comparing "Dulce Et Decorum Est" and "Five Ways to Kill a Man" and the ...

    At that time people didn't easily accept new ideas, and the style in which Wilfred Owen wrote the poem was very much the style used by most of the poets. It is written in a very traditional and old-fashioned way.

  1. How does Owen use language to explore the harsh realities of war in Exposure?

    being attacked on all flanks, to feel as if they are surrounded. Although, terror is ever-present in the poem it fluctuates for dramatic effect. The word "rumbles" is used as a half-rhyme with the word "brambles" from the previous line.

  2. The Sentry; By Wilfred Owen

    I think that Owen used these techniques very effectively to grab our attention, as he achieves that very well. Owen also used many words to help describe the conditions in and out of the trenches, which help us picture the surroundings the soldiers were living in.

  1. Analysis of Wilfred Owen's "The Last Laugh".

    bullets are like flying birds, because it is the noise that birds make. Also you can imagine the bullets like birds flying freely through the air. On the other hand, the men have no freedom whereas the weapons do. Owen repeats the word ?vain,? and this emphasizes that whatever the

  2. An Analysis of "Exposure" by Wilfred Owen

    Death from weather conditions is preventable, and Owen is subtly accusing the army and government of abandoning these men. Another particularly effective technique Owen uses is personification. He particularly personifies the weather, giving the impression that even nature and God are against them.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work