Essay on Anthem For Doomed Youth By David Owen

1133 Words Oct 15th, 2015 5 Pages
Owen expresses his anger towards the war through several themes which are the anger towards the government and the armed chair patriots, the treatment of the soldiers, the facilities of war and the realty of war in the poems ‘ Anthem for Doomed youth’, ‘Disabled’, ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’, and ‘Mental cases’.
In the poem ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ Owen expresses his anger towards the government and the armed chair patriates because they send young men to war who are slaughtered and not remembered for their courage and trouble they have been through. ‘What passing-bells for these who die as cattle? ’ Anthem for Doomed youth is opened by informing the reader that who is going to remember these men who die as cattle. These men have fought in war for their king and country in monstrous and dreadful conditions but they will not be remembered. The government. There is a lot of emphasis on the word ‘cattle’ as these young men are being slaughtered furthermore the government are the butchers and as they slaughter cattle without even thought or notice so are the solders being slaughtered as if they were cattle. The word cattle dehumanises the soldiers which degrades them even further.
In addition to the poem ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’, ‘Mental Cases’ shares a similarity about the anger towards the government and the armed chair patriots. Owen highlights the true fact to the people back home and the government that we have put them in a horrific mental state. ‘Pawing us who dealt them…

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