Dulce Et Decorum Est Literary Devices

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In this essay you will read about the ways the author use literary tools to prove his theme which contradicts what most people think. In the poem "Dulce et Decorum Est," by Wilfred Owen intensely depicts through sensory images, word choice, and figurative language paint the flashback of the war and supports his theme it is not sweet or honorable to die for one's country. To begin with, the author uses various choices of words to show how it isn't sweet and honorable to die for one's country. Some of the words the author uses in the poem is ecstasy and fumble these two words represent the themes poem because ecstasy stands for what people see war is which is something beautiful to do for your country. Fumbling is to contradict that by saying that when you hear about going to war you shouldn't feel joy for them but instead start to fumble and worry about them. Another excellent choice of word to describe the theme of the poem is blood-shod this is proving that not everything about going to war is all pride and bragging rights about how you're a soldier but it is about the blood they shed when walking back to camp that they were…show more content…
An important literary device used in the poem is simile. A couple examples of simile is "Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,"(1). This is a perfect example of how the author uses figurative language to express his theme because here what is being compared is the slouch of a beggar when he carries his belongings and the slouch of a soldier when he carries all the weaponry and he literally doubles over in the weight of it. To add to that simile we have "His hanging face, like a devils sick of sin," (20). Here they are comparing a dying soldier with the devil. This shows that dying for your country isn't beautiful but it is something so terrible that the devil can be sick of sin which is surprising since the devil dwells in
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