The Man He Killed And The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner Essay

1381 Words Nov 17th, 2015 6 Pages
The poems “The Man He Killed” by Thomas Hardy, “Dulce et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen and “The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner” by Randall Jarrell all have an anti-war theme. They all have different settings of where the war takes place. Hardy’s poem takes place during the Boer War where many of the women and children died in camps. Owen’s poem takes place during World War I on the battle field and Jarrell’s poem takes place in a B-17 bomber during World War II. All of these authors have similar poems because they were all traumatized by a war and they are all portraying the effects of war as cruel and this contributes to the anti-war theme because once you go to war you never come back the same person you once were. Hardy’s poem “The Man He Killed” has an anti-war theme because he is explaining to the people that men who could be friends are killing and shooting at each other just because the government tells them to. Hardy tells readers in his first stanza that if only he and the man he shot had met at the “old ancient inn” (Hardy 2), they could have became friends not foes. In the beginning of the poem he is filled with regret because he states, “Had he and I but met” (1), this meaning the outcome of the story would have been different if they met at the ancient inn. The ancient inn could be a place where a nice community could go to have a great time or share valuable time together. When Hardy mentions the ancient end where the two men could have met, he is showing his…

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