Shruti Manglik ENGL 1102 Diebert June 12, 2016 Dulce Et Decorum Est Analysis The poem ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ by Wilfred Owen is a thought provoking and shocking poem which details the experiences of soldiers in World War I. Owen himself had served in the war. Caught in trenches while waging the war, he found it hard to justify all the suffering and deaths he had witnessed. He soon realized the division between the elevated language of nationalism and his reality of death and remorse due to the war.
Often, poetry is used to portray the highlights of this life or maybe even some of the small bumps we encounter along the way, yet, none really compares to that of war poetry. World War I, much like any other war, was nothing shy of a horror story. Innumerable deaths, traumatizing situations, and the lives of returning soldiers changed forever were, and still are, products of war. From our side, we have our own idea of what war might be like, but Wilfred Owen and Isaac Rosenburg choose to give us a small glimpse of what “serving our country” is about. Both men chose to write about the harsh realities of war and while these poets have several differences, they share very common ground: educating many about reality of war.
Personal view of O'Brien's anecdote:“If I Die in a Combat Zone…” In "If I die in a Combat Zone: Box Me Up and Ship Me Home", Tim O’Brien gives the readers a unique insight into the Vietnam War from a soldier’s perspective. He uses dark humor to describe his firsthand experience of combat and the feelings of fear, bravery, and loss. Drafted into the war, O’Brien begins his journey in a training camp in Washington, making a close comrade who shares similar views with him. During his time at the camp, he considers the senselessness of the war and thinks of fleeing the country with his comrade, Erik.
He focused on making the readers realize all the great lives that are being killed and forgotten in the war. Sassoon tries to use simple words like “boy” and “joy” to make people feel and understand the poem. He creates the image of a normal young soldier boy. This soldier boy has many dreams and wishes and he enjoys life in general. However, his world is changed when war appears and the young soldier commits suicide in the trenches.
We decided to hot seat Owen, a soldier who had been writing to his fiancée, and ask him questions to extend our understanding of his feelings. We asked him things about how it felt to be away from his fiancée – horrible and he missed her very much – and why he decided to join the army – to continue his father’s legacy and make him proud. This helped us recognize his character’s feelings and motives better than we would have had we not hot seated him. We also used thought tracking to see what the characters were thinking at certain points. An example of this would be just before the soldiers were about to attack, we paused it and Miss asked us to say out loud what we believed our character would be thinking at that moment in time.
‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ written by Wilfred Owen. In both poems, the poet has described life in the World War One but at different stages of war. ‘Attack’ is a poem that revels the realness and harshness of war while on the other hand ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ revels the horror of war and how unfortunate it is to die in war. For the structure of ‘Attack’, the first six lines describes the vile landscape and the next six lines describes the soldiers as they go over the top. The poet draws a very clear picture of the scene and creates atmosphere while the tension builds up then shows the destruction of war.
“Seeing the city sinking… while making promises it couldn’t keep, would have pleased him” (Rosen, 2009). In his final moments taking in the last glimpses of his country, Stubbs wishes it would at least make a diminutive attempt to change his mind, but what he didn’t realize was that coming to terms with leaving was a major part of his existential
Owen was a soldier in World War I, and upon writing the poem, he was recovering from shell shock in a hospital bed (Trueman). Owen experienced the horrors and dangers of trench warfare first-hand during World War I. The author expresses these thoughts through the eyes of the narrator in the poem. Owen draws from his own personal experiences to recount what happens in battle, and the lack of humanity contained in war. Therefore, the narrator ends at the conclusion that no war is worth dying for, and society needs to stop glorifying slaughtering of others.
This can be clearly seen in Wilfred Owen’s “Dulce et Decorum Est,” written in 1917 as the author was serving in combat (Owen). The very title of this poem is ironic: the scenes that Owen describes are anything but “sweet and honorable;” the soldiers he portrays are not valiant heroes, but tired men worn down by endless fighting (Owen). Moreover, the author asserts that if others could experience, even in their dreams, the traumatic sights and experiences that he encountered in combat, they would not be so eager to send their children to fight in wars (Owen). The poet feels that he and millions of others were misled; the beliefs about warfare that they were taught from a young age were nothing but lie when compared to the reality of life in the trenches, where the war scarred the mind deeply as the
Psychological Warfare in The Things They Carried Unless you have been in war or have read The Things They Carried, you can't fully understand the psychological toll on a person's mind and body, you can't understand the psychological hardship soldiers go through in war. However, The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien, is written to where it shows the overall psychological effects of war on soldiers in and out of Vietnam; as shown throughout the story, the recurring themes of trauma, love, and guilt give the clear psychological implications of war.
In the book “The Things They Carried”, Tim O’Brien writes about his experience before and during the Vietnamese War, tells stories about his troop, and their lives before and after the war. He illustrates about how his life changed because of the war, and emphasizes on how the war is so cruel and has no moral at all. His stories involve a lot about Vietnamese War. If people read his story superficially, they will say it is definitely a war story, but he argues that his book is actually about love (81). Although his story looks like a war story, it is actually a loved story because his stories are either about his loved ones or dedicated to his loved ones.
O’Brien utilizes this similarity to aid the reader in understanding Paul is making up the story of his desertion. Additionally, Paul remembers when Sidney Martin, his deceased lieutenant,
Erich Maria Remarque was a man who had lived through the terrors of war, serving since he was eighteen. His first-hand experience shines through the text in his famous war novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, which tells the life of young Paul Bäumer as he serves during World War 1. The book was, and still is, praised to be universal. The blatant show of brutality, and the characters’ questioning of politics and their own self often reaches into the hearts of the readers, regardless of who or where they are. Brutality and images of war are abundant in this book, giving the story a feeling of reality.
In the story ‘The things they carried’ written by Tim O’Brien, the soldiers of Alpha Company are tormented by the guilt, trauma, confusion. With the only thing they can hold on to is hope. In both before and after the Vietnam war. Some of the characters work through the pain and put the events behind them, only to resurface at times while for others it becomes all too much.
The first sign of the connection between epic heroes and veterans was when,“He told them stories of Achilles and Odysseus...guilt and loss among soldiers resonated with Vietnam Veterans” (Shapiro, 4). When he was reading to the vets they, understood the struggles of the epic heroes. Their troubles faded away when they were listening to the stories. Society has the tendency to feel that they “ have dealt with better man and never did they once disregard me” (Alexander, 13). The veterans are often ridiculed because