Conflict in Dulce Et Decrum Est

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How does Wilfred Owen represent conflict in Dulce ET Decorum Est? Refer to other poems in your answer. The entire story of Dulce et Decorum revolves around conflict. It was the first poem to show a realistic description of the war. It was conflict that created the atrocity that we call ‘The Great War’. This is showing one of the many devices Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon used in their famous War poems and the conflict that ended the lifestyles that they describe. Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon were personally involved in the War and so had first- hand experience of the horrors of trench warfare. Owen shows war and conflict in a negative way and one way he does this is through the use of evil connotations – for example referring to “hags” when he is talking about the young soldiers. The word hags shows how the war has changed these soldiers into brutal, evil individuals. Owen’ s language is filled with not so much anger but with sadness and bitterness . He uses rhetorical questions to show his frustration at the madness of war and the effect on people’s lives. It is not the physical wounds but the mental ones that are impossible to heal. The who, where and why questions, remain unanswered in the first part of the poem. The second section portrays the past lives and how now they will always see and hear the horrors of war. This shows the conflict between their past lives and their possible future. World War one was an experience for civilisation and as a result of the extreme and horrific conditions the soldiers were subjected to, it encouraged many of them to record such conditions. Having seen the trench trauma of modern day warfare in 1914-1918 it allowed the two poets to show a frontline view, letting the readers know life behind the gas mask and the truth about the conflict. At the beginning of Dulce ET Decorum Est, Wilfred Owen tells us of the actions of his team. “Bent double…knock-kneed, coughing like hags.” This illustrates the struggle the...
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