Wilfred Owen Disabled Analysis

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In Disabled, Wilfred Owen tells a story about a young soldier. During war the soldier lost his leg and was miserable. The women mistreated him, after everything he was promised. It turned out to be a misrepresentation. He was disabled both physically and mentally as he was rejected, isolated and abandoned. Throughout the piece Owen shows how the young soldier was slowly harmed by the environment around him this contrasts with the story of “Out, Out –” how a young boy working and doing his everyday chores accidently cut his hand of, later on the boy dies due to his tragic mistake that then caused him his life. This also contrasts with disabled in the point that one small decision has the ability to influence a person's entire life. Both…show more content…
They grow before their time; this shows how their life has been cut short. In “Out, Out –” Frost depicts the sense of old before time by making a young boy do hard work, “big boy doing a man's” this portrays how this is something not suited for him. The author seems to portray that he was still a child and didn’t know what he was getting into. This phrase shows how the boy wanted to be old before his time, this lead to many traumatic events such as: death and loss of youth as a result of doing something which is not his age. Similarly, Owen in ‘Disabled’ portrays the sense of growing before his time, “now, he is old; his back will never brace”. The short sentence of, “now, he is old” shows how he is old emotionally not physically his war injury has confined him to be that way rather that being young and experiencing the world as a whole, “old” is symbolic writing conveying as he lost his limbs his youth was taken away from him. Owen wrote this phrase in a short sentence to indicate a strong and powerful point. The emotive and emotive words, “back will never brace” shows how his back will never support him again in life whatever he does he will always be disabled and will not be dependent on himself anymore. This portrays how a great life has been cut short. Owen uses strong imagery to convey his point, “he lost his colour” shows strong metaphor…show more content…
In “Out, Out –” innocence is shown as he is still a child and how he is pure, “though a child at heart” This shows how he is still a young boy, which needs care, nurture and love. Also portrays how he shouldn’t be working at a young age, as he is too vulnerable to face the harsh reality of this world at a very young age. The author also suggests that he is young by using the phrase, “big boy” this makes it seem more pure and also appealing to your emotion and might infer that he had connections to the author. Innocence is also portrayed as the boy was crying of fear, “don’t let him cut my hand off-” might show how he knew he was in danger and his first instinct was to plead and cry for help from his sister. This may portray his innocence as he was crying like children do. Furthermore, Owen portrays a similar point. The boy was to innocent and legitimate, to understand the true reality of war especially world war I, “smiling they wrote his lie; aged nineteen” This shows how he did not understand the true and harsh reality of what happens in war, he thought it would end by Christmas and come back a hero and will be cherished. This shows his innocence and how he was too young and influenced by the fake propaganda that was created by his country. He thought he was brave, powerful and courageous, “and no fears of fear” shows how he was brave and powerful
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