The Warfare 's Conditions And Nature

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World War I was a devastating time for the entire world, both economically and physically. Even more devastating than the physical destruction and economic losses were the experiences of the soldiers fighting this gruesome war, and its effects on them. According to Wilfred Owen’s poems, Vera Brittain’s account, and Erich Remarque’s novel, the warfare’s conditions and nature greatly affected these men in various ways. Not only did they suffer from physical losses, such as death of beloved ones, separation from families, and bodily injuries, they also suffered psychologically due to extensive trauma. The “lost generation” suffered immensely from post-traumatic stress, and lost the ability to live normal lives, along with their willpower and strength. They may have survived, but they were living corpses. The war turned them into living corpses because of the trauma and torture they endured on the battlefront. The World War I poems are great accounts to understand the experiences of soldiers during the war. These war poets describe the soldiers’ horrific and traumatic experiences. Wilfred Owen’s poem entitled “Disabled” seems to be describing a soldier waiting for the end of a day, but in actuality, the narrator is reminiscing about that past and waiting for the end of a lifetime. The poem begins with a bleak description of the soldier’s physical state. “Legless, sewn short at elbow” (Owen, 3). The soldier has lost his legs, and he is sitting in a wheelchair wearing a legless
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