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How do Owen and Faulks present the pity of war and the effect that war has on soldiers and civilians alike?

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How do Owen and Faulks present the pity of war and the effect that war has on soldiers and civilians alike? This essay will consider a poem and an extract from two different authors, each writing about events in the First and Second World Wars The first piece to be considered is a poem called "Dulce et Decorum Est" by Wilfred Owen. In this poem, Owen describes the atrocities of war by describing a group if men returning from the front line, experiencing a gas attack in which one of them dies and then goes on the address the people back at home and ask them whether war is actually as noble and as glorious as it is made to be. Owen portrays the soldiers by using similes and metaphors. In lines 1 and 2, Owen uses words like: "Old beggars" and "Hags" to give a visual description of the soldiers walking back from the front line. This shows how young soldiers have aged though the hardships of war. ...read more.


This and an earlier reference to "Haunting flares," suggests that Own suffered from nightmares in consequence of war. Own uses very graphic and disturbing imagery in lines 17-24, describing how the man dies under the gas attack. For example, "As under a green sea, I saw him drowning." and "He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning." These quotes tell us that the narrator sees the man suffering at the peril of the gas; he refers to the gas as a green sea, and describes the man drowning. In the last few lines of the poem, Own sends a very clear message that death in war is not, as is often described, glorious or honourable but is in fact gruesome and ghastly, scarring to those who witness it. The second piece to be considered is an extract from 'Charlotte Gray' called 'The Last Night,' by Sebastian Faulks. In this extract, Faulks describes 2 Jewish orphaned brothers waiting to be taken to a concentration camp. ...read more.


He describes a woman starring fixedly at her child for the last time. He uses the phrase "terrible ferocity," this could be confused with anger or hatred, but no, the woman is trying so hard to fix that image of her child in her memory before he or she succumbs to the inevitable. Faulks as describes how children have to be "aided" on to the bus. This gives us an image that the children are too young to die and on top of that, a final monstrosity of how a baby of a few weeks old is placed into the cramped interior. There are similarities and differences between these 2 pieces. Both leave you feeling that war is a bad place to be in, but approached it a slightly different way. Both Owen and Faulks use the experiences of young soldiers to illustrate the horrors of the First World War and the feelings of fear, shock and disgust created in these men by the atrocities of conflict. Owen writes from personal experience, having fought in the war, whereas Faulks maps the journey of a young Englishman through historical fiction. ?? ?? ?? ?? 03/06/08 English James Coleman ...read more.

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