Dulce Et Decorum Est, By George Orwell And Wilfred Owen

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George Orwell and Wilfred Owen orchestrate the radical message that truth is found through individual thought, not through conventional norms. Media, Government, Corporations, and Religion promote that truth comes from them and society should rely on its statements as truth. Both George Orwell and Wilfred Owen illustrate an unorthodox set of ideals that inspire the individual to question their authority, morals and values. In 1984, “Disabled” and “Dulce Et Decorum Est” the writers depict that truth is found where the person refrains from accepting traditional beliefs and observes what occurs. In “Dulce Et Decorum Est”, Wilfred Owen uses irony to demonstrate his anti-patriotic stance on the war. The very title means, “it is sweet/an honor…show more content…
The poem starts out with a somewhat cheerful tone, reminiscing the beauty of the past. He uses alliteration to help emphasize how great it used to be “Girls glanced” and “Swing so gay”. It then goes onto pity him for all of the things he cannot be. When It says “Now he will never feel how slim Girls’ waits are” the tone of the sexual tension draws out that he has lost part of his humanity. Furthermore the poem goes on to say “All of them touch him like some queer disease” not only has he lost his opportunity with girls but they dislike him. Further dehumanizing him and revealing his insecurity. The poem shifts from happy and then back to sad using the word “Now”. In fact “Now” is used multiple times to contrast the happiness during the past and what is broken right now. “Poured it down shell holes till the veins ran dry” is an analogy of how his loss of blood and limb was sacrificed for his country. “Half his lifetime lapsed”, is a representation that he no longer is a young man but will be treated as an old one due to his disability. It then reflects back on why he joined the military was to impress but in the end it resulted him without a leg and no one praising him. In the end, he questions the rules and feels more pity. This poem is a lot more indirectly unconventional as it talks explicitly about the consequences of war but during the reasoning of why this guy joined is something that very influential. A person who can identify with wanting to join the military to impress others and be honored can result in a lost limb forever changing a man’s life. The government needed people to fight the war and would spread positive propaganda of how honorable it is in order to get more young men to sign up. However the truth of the matter is entering war could result in a person’s very way of life become broken. In reference into today’s time losing attractiveness and value is down right

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