Essay on Analysis Of `` Dulce Et Decorum Est `` By Wilfred Owen

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A theme could be very obvious, yet never actually stated. In poetry themes are rarely stated but shown metaphorically. “Dulce et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen takes place in Europe in the early 1900’s during World War 1, it is about a soldier and how he deals with the war. To the narrator war is ironically seen as a source of pride. The underlying theme in this poem is death. Although death is never mentioned until the very end where he writes ‘mori’ (‘to die’), it is still the motive for all the elements in the poem. In “Dulce et Decorum Est” there are multiple symbols that describe death.
The main theme in “Dulce et Decorum Est” is death because the poem is about war and unfortunately a large outcome and aspect of war is death. But, in war death is so much more than taking a life, it is anger, sorrow, pain, agony, etc.; it affects other soldiers along with family and friends. Death is so much more than just dying. The mental trauma most soldiers face is from watching other men die in battle. Soldiers in World War 1 and 2 especially suffered with and secretly had to deal with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) because most people at the time didn’t care and it was shameful to talk about. Soldiers were seen as heros and dealing with a mental disorder was not right at the time. The PTSD was caused from multiple aspects but a lot from so much death surrounding them. The last word in the poem is in Latin and says ‘mori’ which means to die. That last word ties the poem…

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