Compare and Contrast “Disabled” by Wilfred Owen and “Out, Out-”by Robert Frost. in What Ways Do They Explore the Theme of Pain and Suffering?

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COMPARE AND CONTRAST “DISABLED” BY WILFRED OWEN AND “OUT, OUT-”BY ROBERT FROST. IN WHAT WAYS DO THEY EXPLORE THE THEME OF PAIN AND SUFFERING? These two poems are very different in terms of syntax, structure and actions, but the tone is the same in each. Both poems make us pity the young boys who were forced to grow up before their time, not understanding the possible consequences of their actions. They are connected in this way despite being thrown out of life differently (and because of different reasons) but because both were moved by the desire to be seen as better or older in the eyes of others. This is ironic as they are simply forgotten by the people they wanted to impress, be they the girls with the “slim waists” or the anonymous…show more content…
Furthermore this continuity highlights the actual point of they boy’s accident, together with his death, as caesuras and harsher sounds are being used in the words to make it all more dramatic. “Disabled” also uses language to make the poem more moving or to get a point across, such as how neither the soldier’s nor the boy’s names or details are given so that we understand that these kinds of disasters can happen to anyone (that they are not the exceptions). These uses of diction let us understand the tragedies of both poems’ characters better. The structure helps show us how “Disabled” is allowing the soldier to dwell on the problems and feel regret, while the boy never has the chance. This is what I meant when I mentioned the different kinds of pain present in the poems - the soldier actually feels the world’s indifference that makes everything so much worse to him, while the same is happening to the boy but he never actually has to feel the dispassion and disinterest towards his death. That is what makes the poems so cruel, not the physical injuries themselves and Owen uses that by avoiding any graphic description of the wound, but focusing on everything he has lost in terms of human contact. He never mentions regretting the power to walk, but he sees how “the women’s eyes passed from him to the strong men that were whole” - he has had the time to notice that he is incomplete. The realization that it is his fault that

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