Analysis Of Epitaph On A Soldier

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The Brutal Reality vs the Virtue Gained
The poem “Dulce Et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen gives insight into how a soldier is beaten to the state of exhaustion in war which defeats the perception of how society has seen war as lighthearted for generations. The poem “Epitaph on a Soldier” by Cyril Tourneur depicts a soldier at a time of death, defeating the common thought of how death is seen as a negative thing and portrays the soldier as he is ready to die, welcoming his death. The critical and bitter tone in “Dulce Et Decorum Est” conveys the brutality of war to emphasize the disillusioned way society perceives war; whereas, the admiring and comforting tone in “Epitaph on a Soldier” conveys the contentment of an honorable death. The informal diction in “Dulce Et Decorum Est” helps to convey a more realistic and raw depiction of war to express a critical tone whereas the formal diction in “Epitaph on a Soldier” helps convey the reassurance that a soldier’s life is complete. In “Dulce Et Decorum Est” specific diction like “drunk” is used to emphasize the brutality of war and the toll it takes on the soldier. Owen specifically chooses that word to emphasize that the soldier has been beaten to exhaustion which conveys the critical tone of the poem (7). Similarly, in “Epitaph on a Soldier” Tourneur uses specific diction like “departed” to signify that the soldier has left the world, implying that he lost his youth and that although he was young of age, he was old in spirit.
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