Conflict with Macbeth and World War 1 Poetry

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During this essay I am going to write about the many diverse ways in which conflict is presented in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Wilfred Owen’s Poetry of World War 1. I will be comparing the ways in which Macbeth and 3 poems written by Owen; Mental Cases, The Next War and Dulce Et Decorum Est, link with each other. Macbeth is a play written in 1606 by Shakespeare who wrote plays to entertain his audience. On the other hand, Owen was a soldier in World War 1 when he wrote famous poems; he wrote them to tell us about the tragedies of war and he expressed his thoughts and feelings about war and conflict. Owen’s poems are influenced by his own experiences of war.
In Macbeth the conflict shown by Macbeth and the other characters, gives
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“If it were done when ‘tis done, then ‘twere well it were done quickly” Shakespeare presents the idea of past and present; to kill Duncan quickly would be better. “Thy bones are marrowless, thy blood is cold” – Macbeth says to the ghost of Banquo; he has no marrow in his bones, his blood is cold. Shakespeare uses words such as ‘fatal’ to show the mental torment Macbeth is going through whilst he sees the dagger in his mind. Also he uses ‘inhabitants’ to describe the way the witches look; they don’t look like they live on earth.
In Owen’s poem ‘The Next War’ he presents the inner conflict of the war because the poem is based on the idea of not being afraid of death but getting used to the fact that death comes everyday to them. In the beginning of the poem Owen has written a quote from Siegfried Sassoon “war’s a joke for me and you, while we know such dreams are true” – this is an unusual sonnet because sonnets are usually on love and romance, but this one is on war. Owen uses personification like “out there we’ve walked quite friendly up to Death; sat down and eaten with him, cool and bland” to emphasise that mostly all the soldiers are used to seeing people die and when death comes its normal for them. Also Owen describes death as ‘cool’ and ‘bland’ – these are oxymorons because they have an unusual perspective of war. “He’s spat at us with bullets and he’s coughed” – Owen uses personification to show how death has tortured the soldiers. Owen

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