Compare And Contrast Out, Out And Disabled

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A Comparison Between “Out, Out” by Robert Frost and “Disabled” by Wilfred Owen “Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more”. Undeniably this bittersweet reference from Shakespeare’s Macbeth that illustrates the image of a wavering candle light that is fragile and brief also brings to mind the spirit of life, which at the same time is also brief in addition to easily snatched away. “Out, out" is a poem by Robert Frost whom tells the tale of a young boy that has lost his life under and unfortunate circumstance. In comparison, “Disabled” by Wilfred Owen depicts a man that has left part of his existence in war. Both poems assert ideas that insinuate…show more content…
Owen also evokes this pathos by generating compassion and sympathy towards the persona by contrasting life before and after the war. In addition, he blends in the idea that war is ignoble as Owen contrasts the preconceptions of war the persona had initially through listing the “jewelled hilts for daggers in plaid socks; of smart salutes – Esprit de corps” to further signify that war is the opposite of the initial thought. Pathos is also accentuated through the realization of the persona that the persona himself had “threw away his knees” – which indicates that he is responsible and he knows it and is living with this awful heartbreaking realization. Owen’s ‘Disabled’, similar to Frost’s ‘Out Out’ also plays out the theme of regret but it is clearly more frequent than in ‘Out Out’. In ‘Disabled’ Owen portrays the character’s regret by mainly contrasting ‘before’ and ‘after’ of the person’s life. Nonetheless the regret that is shown in the poem is primarily how the character is disappointed with himself for bringing upon his current situation – he regrets the foolish reasons that made him join war, regrets how he tried to impress the “giddy jilts” the girls of low value instead of sincerely assessing the value of his own life. What is really powerful is how the persona lists all his reasons and thoughts on war – some he could not even remember clearly as he “wonders why he asked to join” proving to himself that his reasons were foolish and insignificant to the extent that it places no special place in his memories. In the passage there are a lot of pauses to slow down the extract contrasting with how before enlisting he took things too fast and was too hasty which conveys that as he has now mentally aged, he has regrets as he has time to think over
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