The Last Laugh By Wilfred Owen Essay

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Wilfred Owen sets his poem based on World War 1. He is well known for portraying the trench and gas warfare in his war poetry. Owen’s “The Last Laugh” is very short but significant because the poem is from the perspective of his first experience of war. Owen wants his readers to think about the harsh conditions of war and how a soldier would feel in that perspective, understanding the tragedy and sad emotions of soldiers who wouldn’t get the last laugh since many of them die. To reference the title of the poem, the weapons get the last laugh at the end of each stanza. He conveys his feelings on the war by his use of imagery, his choice of words, the tone, and the structure of the poem. For every stanza, Wilfred describes each character with different backgrounds, uses personification, weapons to symbolize other people, and reveals a morbid tone. In “The Last Laugh,” Owen identifies the way in which the weapons have more power versus religion, family, and love.
Religion in the trenches doesn’t save soldiers from the struggles of war. In the first stanza, it starts off with a soldier shouting “O Jesus Christ! I’m hit...Whether he vainly cursed or prayed indeed” (Owen line 1). This soldier could have been crying out to God because he is religious. A reference from the Bible says, “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain” meaning that the soldier cursed God because he was hit. According to line 3, “The Bullets chirped -- In vain, vain, vain!,” the bullets are…

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