Beneath Hill 60 and Dulce Et Decorum Est Essay

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Beneath Hill 60 and Dulce Et Decorum Est Essay

War does not determine who is right - only who is left.  Wars have a profound impact on every involved society more so on the personals lives of soldiers during the war. Investigating this issue is a key concern of the two texts, Dulce Et Decorum Est By Wilfred Owen and Beneath Hill 60 by Jeremy Sims. Both texts reflect a desire by their composers to cast a light on the ignorance of authorities and traumatising events the soldiers had to go through. Throughout "Dulce et Decorum Est" the poet utilises a variety of powerful poetic devices in order to depict death in war as a brutal and horrifying experience using themes such as “anger with uncaring authority” and “the inevitability and repetition of trauma”. The build up of confusion and violent tones of the battlefield scenes creates a high modality accusation about the authorities telling “The old lie” which was “Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori,” meaning “how sweet and fitting it is to die for one’s country”. This is the glorification of war reflected in Latin words, taken from an ode by Horace (a poet from Ancient Rome). Owen clearly shows anger with the war authorities by calling the Latin phrase an “old lie”. By doing this, he is challenging the motives and practices of the war authorities by showing the contrast between the reality of war and the representation to people who had never been to war. The poem portrays everything apart from how sweet and fitting it is to die for your own country and his opposition throughout the whole poem.

In Owen’s illustration of war, he describes an incident of soldiers limping back from the Front through mud of the battlefield. An appalling image is expressed through simile and metaphor, “Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags”, they were compared to old ugly women which would be true, as they had a lack of sleep, their uniforms resembled sacks and their blood-caked feet were...
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