Reflection for DULCE ET DECORUM EST Vedanshi Patel 10E DULCE ET DECORUM EST is a poem written by Wilfred Owen describing the horrors of war. In the poem Owen questions the old saying, “It is sweet and honourable to die for one’s country” and contemplates whether facing the horrors of war is worth the risk for achieving fame and glory for their country. Through the uses of a variety of poetic devices and figurative language, Owen successfully communicates his message about the gruesomeness of war. The theme of the poem is that war is a tragedy and one that all the soldiers of the war have been scarred with. The poet conveys this theme by describing the point of view of a soldier who witnessed the death of a comrade, killed by poisoned gas.
In Guernica, it clearly shows that pain is pain irrespective of whether the victim is a human being or animal, child or adult, or the suffering is from explosions, fire, or trampling. Picasso captured a terrible scene where a horse screams with pain from a spear in his side and a bull 's horn in his belly, while a woman in the fire scream in hopelessness and another woman cry in anguish over the death of her child, dead from the deliberate bombing of our most innocent, reducing them to a military experiment. The lines and form combined with the cold monochrome scheme of deathly black and white with only the most subdued, melancholy grays, causes introspective dismay at how far humanity fails when put to the test. In a way, Picasso’s Guernica was accurately rated by Jilani (2011) that “The fundamental aspect of Expressionism is that it is imbued with a constant subjectivism, where seeing is important only when turned inward” (para. 3).
In an ever-changing world, never has a war been so innovatively brutal as the First World War. One can speak of dehumanization, animalization and desensitization, evoking images of pain, terror and deadening. In his novel All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque melancholically, yet beautifully, depicts the absolute horrors of war and the way this gruesomeness affected the common soldier, analyzing both the psychological and the physical aspects, and assessing the ultimate ramification on its often-innocent victims. Through means of his pivotal narrator Paul Baümer, how effective was Remarque’s novel as a critique and debunking of World War I actually? The most obvious predominant theme of All Quiet on the Western Front is of course the incessant brutality of modern warfare, which the reader can experience in every single chapter.
The author uses Othello’s death to show all of the events that have led to this dramatic disaster. Shakespeare also uses Othello’s death to portray the theme of the power of vengeance. The idea that Desdemona would betray him hurt him deeply, but once Othello realizes he has killed her in vain he cannot live with the pain. After Othello’s death Cassio reminds bystanders that Othello is “full of heart” meaning he embodies love and kindness (V.ii. 776).
Through both of his poems, Dulce Et Decorum Est and Disabled, Owen clearly illustrates his feeling about war. Both of them convey the same meaning that war destroyed people’s lives. For Dulce Et, Decorum Est, it mainly illustrates soldier’s life during war, the dreadfulness of war, whereas, Disabled illustrates how war have damaged soldier’s life. Also, the saying that said that war it is lovely and honorable to die for your country is completely against his point of view. Owen conveys his idea through graphically describing his horrible experiences in war.
He shows deploring violence in the beginning, but later in the poem is calmer and gloomier. He is lamenting the dead of the young boys that fought in the war. In addition, he uses graphic descriptions that emphasize how horrid the war atmosphere was. From the hideous noises of guns with “monstrous anger” and “rapid rattles” of the rifles to the exasperation felt for the youth “who die as cattle” and “in their eyes shall shine the holy glimmers of goodbyes”, Owen depicts how much he despised the war. He mourns the undignified death of the youth, like animals in a slaughterhouse, in the first two lines.
Although most were young men when they joined the fighting forces, the agony of war aged them, rendering them as “set-smiling corpses” (24). Additionally, Owen elaborates his criticisms of how the English government forces young men to endure bloody war: “Snatching after us who smote them, brother, pawing us who dealt them war and madness” (27-28). War has left them haunted with memories of dead comrades and turns even the most beautiful phenomenons into “a blood-smear” (21). His diction and imagery of the mentally wounded men paint them as creatures. “Smile” discusses the general public’s views on the after-effect of war and contrasts them with soldiers’ perspective.
For instance, the painting ‘Room 100, Chelsea Hotel’ (1999) which was painted by using plenty of chaotic details to reveal the infamous site of the violent death. The broken bed is symbolic of tragic breakdown and a pool of melting candles on the floor which is suggestive of drug culture, also explains the adage that those who shine brightest burn quickest (Saatchi Gallery). Over a career of nearly two decades, Dalwood also focuses on history and politics since he has often painted imaginary versions of historically significant figures’ domestic interiors, from Mao’s study to Bill Gates’s bedroom. Most paintings depict the death of a historic or fictional character, and often by suicided. In ‘Death of David Kelly’ (2008), the sky is exactly as it was on the day of David Kelly's passing.
The period in which the artwork was made was tumultuous for a large portion of the world - for Spaniards, for example, Salvador Dali particularly so. The 3 year long Second Spanish Civil War finished in 1939 dashing the trusts of the youngster republic which turned into an abusive rightist fascism. World War Two started all the while giving the whole globe the presence of war. Dali's canvas the Face of War speaks to his sentiments of war - interminably rehashing demise and rot. The hopeless face of the carcass - the appearance of war - sees just demise, talks just passing, and reflected in his eyes are the bodies whose eyes and mouths are likewise loaded with death.
Owen describes how, “Bullets chirped…Machine-guns chuckled…Gas hissed…” (Owen 3,4,15). Personifying the weapons demonstrates how pure soldiers have their innocence stolen from them through forced and blind usage of such deadly instruments. Accordingly, it is the weapons who truly receive the last laugh in the war as they kill both physically and spiritually, while soldiers are forever wounded in ways that can and cannot be seen.