Dulce Et Decorum Est Analysis Essays

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‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ Essay For years, war and the honour of war has been built up and glorified 'unfairly by the media in cartoons, movies, games, news and even songs as well as warmongers trying to cash in on unsuspecting and gullible young men who want to be recognized as heroes. Wilfred Owen, who had served in World War 1 and died while defending his country age 25, wrote the poem ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ as an attempt to dismantle the unrealistic expectations about war that boys who are ‘ardent for some desperate glory’ have taken from television and that has been reinforced by warmongers. Conveying horrific and frightening imagery from the war he served in, Owen expresses his strongly anti-war sentiments to the reader. Through the…show more content…
Further on in the stanza, Owen states that the ‘men marched asleep’, which tells the reader that the soldiers movements were slow and sluggish from sleep deprivation. The poem also says that the men were ‘drunk with fatigue’. This metaphor is also depicting their tiredness, but it makes the audience imagine the soldiers not only slow and sluggish, but also confused with their surroundings and not as alert as they should be, as one would be when intoxicated. This stanza makes for a startling and attention grabbing beginning to the poem. Having established in the readers mind how impossible the soldiers situation was, Owen abruptly changes his style of writing to descriptive to active in the second stanza, which is used to describe a deadly gas attack. This alteration in style jerks the readers mind to attention, drawing them into the poem and emphasizing how at anytime a soldiers situation could become fatal/ The first technique used in this stanza is the repetition of the word ‘gas’. It is used in a short, quick sentience to convey the urgency that is present during the gas attack. The exhaustion and weariness of the first stanza is discarded by the use of the word ‘ecstasy’. This word, when describing the franticness, is unusual, but because the word is normally associated with the heightening of emotions, albeit usually positive ones, it is quite suitable to describe a life or death situation. It also stresses the adrenalin that the soldiers feel when their
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