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An Analysis of Wilfred Owens Futility

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An Analysis of Wilfred Owen's "Futility" In "Futility", Wilfred Owen describes the grievances of losing a companion as well as the worthlessness of war. He provides a sorrowful and desperate tone throughout the poem, which takes place within the battlefields of France during World War I. The speaker is unidentified but is believed to be one of the soldiers mourning over the lifeless body of their associate. Throughout most of the poem, the speaker questions the sun's ability to provide energy as well as breathe life into the motionless soldier. Owen's aims throughout the poem are to introduce one of the several possible sorrows of war and effectively define war as a pointless act that will lead to devastation. ...read more.


Moreover, "snow" is used to symbolise death as well as express the condition of the soldier after his loving companions placed him under the sun. The statement "Always it awoke him, even in France, / Until this morning and this snow" indicates the sun's loss of its ability to awaken the soldier and alert him about his mundane tasks due to his sudden death. Throughout the poem, the speaker's tone appears to be sorrowful and desperate. The first nine lines of the poem introduce the powerful sun as well as its achievements. The speaker's loss of hope in the sun's ability to bring the dying soldier back to life takes place when the soldier's soul exits his body. ...read more.


The question "-O what made fatuous sunbeams toil / To break earth's sleep at all?" displays the idea of war demolishing all of the sun or God's creations, particularly the earth. In conclusion, Wilfred Owen successfully achieved his aims of providing an example of a sorrowful event that might take place during war as well as a picture of the results of war. His use of literary features, such as symbolism and imagery, emphasized the feelings and thoughts the speaker expresses throughout the poem. Moreover, the tone Owen managed to maintain as well as change midway during the course of the poem highlighted the devastating feeling of losing a companion over something that could have not taken place from the start. Therefore, Wilfred Owen successfully managed to directly and effectively point out the "futility" of war within the poem. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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