Disabled by Wilfred Owen

2142 WordsFeb 26, 20189 Pages
The poem ‘Disabled’ is written by Wilfred Owen who was an English poet as well as a soldier. On the 4th of June 1916 he was commissioned as a second Lieutenant in the Manchester Regiment, during WW1. This poem was influenced by his first-hand experience in the war, as he understood about the harsh reality of it. In this essay I will be analysing the poem by Wilfred Owen and I will be discussing Owen’s perception and bitterness of society at home, the recruitment officers who let him sign up underage, the damaging effect of war, and the value of his life. One of the most important idea being explored by Owen in the poem is his bitterness towards society at home. Owen shows his anger, bitterness and resentment towards people at home who ostracize the protagonist due to his disability after fighting for their country in contrast to glorifying someone who scores a goal in a football match. “Some cheered him home, but not as crowds cheer Goal.” Owen shows that society at home finds scoring a goal more heroic than fighting for war. This attitude seems all the worse because it is clean that the protagonist will never be able to be cheered again as he has lost both of his limbs and therefore can’t play football anymore. It is as if he has been entirely forgotten and passed over. Owen also helps encourage the reader to feel sorry for the protagonist’s subsequent loss. Owen’s purpose is to show that those who return from the war injured are pitied for their loss, rather than being
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