Modern Warfare In Wilfred Owen: The Testament Of War

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The Testament of War Modern warfare is commonly regarded by today’s society as the catalyst that changes boys into men and transforms soldiers into heroes when they return home. In Wilfred Owen’s wartime portrayal “Dulce et Decorum est” Owen describes graphic scenes of what occurs in the middle of a gas attack. During the poem, the narrator is returning from a battle with his squadron when they are ambushed. As they struggle to put their gas masks on, a member of his squadron is unfortunately unable to put his mask on. Owen paints the episode of agony as the narrator watches his fellow soldier. At the end of the poem the narrator reflects on the meaning and importance of dying in combat. He comes to the realization that war is not heroic, and it is not worth dying for one’s country. The poem puts forth an accurate representation and critique of what it is like to die in battle. Owen’s background and death provide key insights about his stance against heroism in war. Additionally, throughout the poem, Owen uses the literary techniques of imagery and metaphors to challenge the deep-rooted belief that war forms men from boys. The poem delivers a strong critique of wartime heroism through the eyes of our narrator, as he comes to the realization war just causes pain and suffering. Wilfred Owen’s life experiences dramatically influence the outcome of the narrator’s mindset at the end of the poem. Owen was a soldier in World War I, and upon writing the poem, he was recovering

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