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Ducle Est Decorum Est

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Dulce et Decorum Est In this essay I am going to look at the horror, of life and death, Wilfred Owen creates in his poem 'Dulce et Decorum Est,' in the trench welfare of World War I with his use of language. He uses complex language, which creates the image of the horror of the gas attack. Owen is trying to tell you throughout his poem, Dulce et Decorum Est, that world wars are dire and they shouldn't happen. I think war is wrong because it robs many young people of their lives and the conditions that people have to live in are terrible. You would also have to live with the fact that you had killed someone; this would be a ghastly thing to have to live with. Wilfred Owen uses complex language throughout his poem that gives us, the reader, images of what it really would be like for a soldier during the war. He uses imagery and metaphors, to do this. Firstly in this essay I will be looking at the imagery, he used throughout to create the atmosphere of war. ...read more.

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They are blocking out the hoots, of the shells. Another reason they may be deaf to the hoots it because the soldiers have become so used to them that they have become immune to hearing them. In this paragraph I am now going to look at metaphors that really worked for me. The first metaphor I will look at is 'Men marched asleep.' In the use of 'Men marched asleep' I think Wilfred Owen is trying to express the tiredness of these young soldiers. This is a metaphor because the men are literally sleeping; they just feel like they are. To these men it will feel like they are sleep walking. I think this is effective because it gives you all sorts of images, of both the funny and the bad side. It gives you, the reader, the impression of the men stumbling over their own feet as they walked. It also gives me the notion that the men feel like they are dreaming and because they are so tired, they cannot stop thinking about sleep and therefore their brains are being fouled and think that they are asleep. ...read more.

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Also the men's sight would be affected with the dark, thick smoke and the ash from the bombings. The men being so tired may be finding it hard to keep their eyes open and for that reason cannot see everything clearly. Wilfred Owen is on the whole saying they may as well be blind. After analysising 'Dulce et Decorum Est' I have come to the conclusion that Wilfred Owen wants to get across one thing. War is wrong. I believe he takes on the task to tell the reader that we shouldn't go and fight. It can take everything out of you, and robs you of your youth. Even if you do survive the horrendous times you would still have to live with the fact that you had killed another person. I know I couldn't live with myself knowing I had killed another person's son or daughter. People think when they go into the war they are doing the best for their country but really it does no good for themselves or the country. I consider Wilfred Owen to have been very successful in getting across war is wrong. If he hasn't got it across to anyone else, well at least he has got it across to me. By Amy Robertson ...read more.

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