Dulce et Decorum Est

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  • Dark Humor In Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughter

    Dictionary.com defines dark humor as “a form of humor that regards human suffering as absurd rather than pitiable, or that considers human existence as ironic and pointless but somehow comic.” In Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut, this concept of dark humor is used throughout to convey the actuality of war. By examining all aspects of war, Vonnegut approaches the cruelty of war from a variety of different perspectives in order to craft one, unified thesis about the meaning of war. Kurt…

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  • The Red Badge Of Courage Theme Analysis

    War has many different concepts and ideas. The Red Badge of Courage seems to express most of these themes of war. The difficulties of war, the toll war takes on soldiers, rigorous battles, and a triumph of an army are only some of the themes in Stephen Crane’s novel. All these themes make it feel so diverse and interesting. Yet, it does not go in depth on the emotions of the soldiers, which is very important. A soldier’s psychological state greatly affects their performance on the field. If a…

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  • The Futility Of War Poetry By Siegfried Sassoon

    The First World War influenced a drastic, revolutionary changes in the poetry of the twentieth century. This transformation is evident from the works of popular war poets, like Siegfried Sassoon, Rupert Brooke, Wilfred Owen, among others, that the self-satisfied poetry of the recent past needed to be broken and they could not simply write poetry celebrating nature. War poetry captures the physical and emotional, brutal reality of the war, the pain, madness, and degradation of human kind. The…

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  • Comparison Of A Long Way Gone And The Hunger Games

    "Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die," said Herbert Hoover, 31st president of the United States. This quote that is still relevant today, is referring to the situations in countries such as the ones in Venezuela, Ukraine, Syria and Iraq are in today. The situations in these two books, A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, are similar to the ones of these countries. The main characters, Ishmael Beah and Katniss Everdeen, are kids in a…

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  • The Use Of Figurative Language In Carl Sandburg's Grass

    In Carl Sandburg’s Grass the ideology of how grass covers all evil in the world is portrayed. In the poem the speaker talks about the many wars in the history of the world, and how they are all covered up by the grass. The in lines two and six, “Shovel them under and let me work” is repeated showing how the speaker (the grass) covers up war by growing over the bodies of those lost in the war. Towards the end of the poem the speaker mentions how the passengers do not know where they are. This is…

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  • Poetic Techniques In Anthem For Doomed Youth

    intense focus on extraordinary human experiences. He was particularly concerned to show the true circumstances of the First World War, WW1 (1914-1918), by showing great depths of suffering and pity, as well as the falsity of war propaganda. ’Dulce Et Decorum Est’ graphically describes the traumatic setting of the battlefield, subverting traditional perceptions of war as honourable, emphasising the debilitating consequences of war on the young innocent soldiers. Similarly, through ‘Anthem for…

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  • Pity Of War Poetry Analysis

    ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’, an ironic poem that emphasises the dehumanising and horrendous circumstances experienced by the fighting men. Owen explains the suffrage and pain associated with the men who are ‘drunk with fatigue’, implying that the men are mentally and…

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  • 'Why Literature?' By Mario Vargas Llosa Essay

    People often wonder what the most powerful force in the universe is. Is it some otherworldly power that guides all of our actions? Is it love? Mario Vargas Llosa would without a doubt say literature. In his essay entitled “Why Literature?” Vargas Llosa argues that literature should stop being viewed as a pastime and start being seen for what it really is: an absolute necessity. Throughout the essay, he backs his argument with several premises highlighting the different functions of literature.…

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  • The Use Of Irony In Stephen Crane's War Is Kind

    lifeless bodies in the reader’s mind. He uses this imagery to show not only the reader, but to silently explain the result of war. Death is the only prize when playing the game of war. Another example of this literary device is in the poem “Dulce et Decorum Est”. Owen descriptively explains having to watch his fellow soldier die when he writes “Behind the that we flung him in, and watch the white writhing in his face” (18-19). He uses imagery to describe personal and real events that happen on…

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  • War In Stephen Crane's 'War Is Kind'

    Writers protest war using imagery, irony, and structure. Imagery is vital in showing civilians war. In “War Is Kind” by Stephen Crane, readers can see “[a] field where a thousand corpses lie”(11 Crane). This reveals the effects of war. In “Dulce et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen a horrific event, ”If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood”(21 Owen), takes place. In Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers the disgust of war is displayed to the audience through the author’s words, “...the husks of dogs…

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