Dulce Et Decorum Est And All Quiet On The Western Front

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“It is well that war is so terrible-- otherwise we would grow too fond of it,” were the words once said by the Confederate General, Robert E. Lee. Indeed, even opposing nations can agree that war is full of destruction and devastation. Despite this, there are those who believe that war is glorious. Too often, movies and literature depict war as a virtuous endeavor. Young men are often told during war that they should become a soldier, for honor and glory. As a result, many young men are pressured into joining the military, or even join willingly, due to this over glorification. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque and “Dulce et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen discuss this very topic. Quite similar works, both feature ex-soldiers as their authors. …show more content…

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The reality remains that there is nothing glorious about the death and destruction that results from war. Establish context: Towards the end of “Dulce et Decorum Est”, the narrator explains how many young men are ready and willing to become a soldier for their country. In fact, this is the last line of the entire poem, when Evidence: “ The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est, pro patria mori” (Owen 27-28). Analysis: This Latin sentence translates into: It is sweet and proper to die for one’s country. It is interesting how Owen capitalizes the word “Lie”, as this emphasizes the deception displayed by those who want young

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