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In this essay, I intend to discuss the ways in which the poems 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' and 'Charge Of The Light Brigade' represent war. I will discuss the themes of death, emotions, conditions and opinion.

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In this essay, I intend to discuss the ways in which the poems 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' and 'Charge Of The Light Brigade' represent war. I will discuss the themes of death, emotions, conditions and opinion. In Dulce Et, death is shown as horrific and that of terrible suffering. "His hanging face like a devil's sick of sin." This simile describes the way in which the poet Wilfred Owen saw the men suffering. He uses an effective method of a metaphor, 'Devil's sick of sin', and this metaphor shows just how horrible death is. When a devil is sick of sin, it is no longer a devil, this means that the man described is no longer a human. However, in the Charge, death is shown as quick and clean. This is shown in the quote "While horse and hero fell." Death is not described in the detail of Dulce Et, because the poet wants to show war as glorious and honourable, this could not be achieved if the poet talked about the horrible way in which the men die. ...read more.

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However, when both poems have been read, the reader sees war as even more futile because the men know that it is almost impossible to achieve victory against so many enemies, so they are in effect going in to the battle to die for no reason. However, the Charge's poet shows the men as honourable because they did not question the orders. Both poems show that death is not important. In Dulce Et, death is a hugely regular event and the men have become used to this event. "Behind the wagon we flung him in." The men are so used to seeing people die, that they become immune to it. The word flung emphasises this as it shows the men just throw a body into a wagon without even thinking or caring about the man they are carrying. In the Charge, the men also think that death is not important. This is shown in the quote "Noble Six Hundred." ...read more.

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While any human would cringe at just the thought of handling dead bodies, these men just throw the body as though it is not important at all. This method of disposing of dead bodies contains no glory and respect, while we could assume that in the Charge the men's bodies are treated with high respect and honour, unlike in Dulce Et where the bodies are threw as though they have no real importance. In comparison, the men in the Charge also become emotionless. "While horse and hero fell." This quote is the only detail we get of death. This shows that the poem is not about horrors of war, instead this poet wants to show war as wonderful and honourable, he does this by showing that the men do not care about death, because it is honourable. In Dulce Et, the men seem to go through the punishment of sensory deprivation. "....Deaf even to the hoots...." Despite the huge sound of a shell crashing on the ground, the men are immune to the sound because the men have gone through so much suffering that they begin to ignore the horrors. ...read more.

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