Comparing Dulce Et Decorum Est And The Man He Killed

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People often overlook the real nature of war and what it’s really like to fight first hand. In Wilfred Owens “Dulce et Decorum Est,” and in “The Man He Killed,” by Thomas Hardy, both authors are ultimately suggesting that war shouldn’t be glorified and in the end of a war there really is no true winner. By addressing their main points, both authors use similar and different techniques and approaches to do so. Both authors use imagery, but also use different techniques and approaches such as Owens use of diction, and Hardy’s use of irony to convey their messages. In “Dulce et Decorum Est,” by Wilfred Owens, imagery is used to express the ideas of how war is a really just a losing battle and why it should not be glorified. In showing how horrible war and how cruel man is willing to go to fight for his country, Owen writes, “Gas! GAS! Quick, boys! ---An ecstasy of fumbling, - Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time” (709). Owen writes this to allow his audience to see…show more content…
He ties to show the evil and cruelty involved in war when he writes, But someone still was yelling out and stumbling, - And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime…” (709). In this secen it shows the nasty and terrible effects of the poisonous gas, and the pain and suffering assoiciated with it. His choice of saying “flound’ring” and “in fire or lime…” gives a grave impression of the pain and suffering and the inhumanity. This shows how a vision of this and its involvement with war, should never be glorified. Owens later writes, “His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin” (710). He writes this using the diction of “hanging face” and “devil’s sick of sin” which tells of the death he saw and how so many dead lives are even too much for the devil to commit and handle. This can be understood that no pne wins a war under those circumstances, and the devil himself even is not winning, he’s “sick of

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