Compare & Contrast the Portrayal of War in Dulce Et Decorum Est & Charge of the Light Brigade.

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Tennyson's Charge of The Light Brigade and Owen's Dulce Et Decorum Est both explore warfare. However they each have significant differences. Charge Of The Light Brigade was written in the 18th Century and is about the Crimean War. It explains, in a very majestic manner, that fighting in a war is something every soldier should be extremely proud of. Sacrifices have to be made and bravery is an absolute necessity. Tennyson ignores the darkness and slaughter of war by emphasising the courage and loyalty that the soldiers have for their country. They do not show fear, even when they are attacked with weapons much greater and deadlier than their own. Dulce Et Decorum Est was written in the 20th Century. It depicts war, in this case WW1, an …show more content…
‘Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time.' This sentence adds to the frenzy of fumbling that the soldiers got themselves into when they heard the dreaded warning. They didn't have time to do things properly as their helmets where fixed on their heads in a ‘clumsy' way. The rest of the second verse is a very disturbing account of what Wilfred Owen saw after the gas bombs had been dropped. He reports how ‘Someone still was yelling out and stumbling/and floundering like a man in fire or lime.' Instantaneously, we know that something bad has happened to one of Owens fellow soldiers. He carries on by telling us, ‘dim through misty panes and thick green light/as under a green sea, I saw him drowning.' From this explanation, it is fairly understandable that the ‘thick green light' is the poisonous cloud coming from the gas bomb. Owen explicitly describes the situation. He cleverly compares the unfortunate soldiers suffocation to drowning under a green sea. Owen states that his eyes were fixated on this horrendous sight, yet he was unable to help this dying man, ‘before my helpless sight,/he plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.' The repetition of the active verbs heightens the dreadfulness of the incident. Wilfred Owen speaks in 1st person throughout this poem, to elucidate the fact that he knows what he is talking about. Owen carries on, asking you to share the experience, ‘If in some smothering dreams, you too could pace/behind the

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