Disabled And The Last Night Analysis

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A young man, persuaded by the government, turned limbless and useless. Children and adults alike treated like vermin by the Germans. These vexing images communicate the horrible impacts war has on different groups of people which both Wilfred Owen and Sebastian Faulks effectively bring about. Using juxtaposing ideas, strong imagery and a compelling diction, Owen and Faulks depict the dreadful aftermaths of war on individuals in ‘Disabled’ and ‘The Last Night’. In the thick of World War 1, millions of people are being slain and amongst the lucky ones who were drafted out, their lives are changed forever. Such is the setting for ‘Disabled’. Out of the 8 million British soldiers in the war, out of the 250 000 soldiers below the age of 19 — the legal minimum age limit for armed services overseas — one particular 18-year-old soldier is drafted out. Owen’s nameless soldier used to be athletic and proud of his achievements before being persuaded by propaganda to join the war. Now, he sits and reflects on his decisions that led him to be in a crippled state. A soldier himself, Owen’s message in ‘Disabled’ is his fury at the propaganda which lead to patriotic and naive young men to sign up, paying no heed to the possible consequences.…show more content…
Contrasting ‘Disabled’ where it looks at the consequences of war on a soldier, ‘The Last Night’ portrays the impacts war has on children and adults, specifically, the impacts of the inhumane circumstances they are set

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