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A Shared Perspective On War Essay

1000 words - 4 pages

Since the beginning of humans, some sort of conflict ahs arisen between them. Every culture has had a different take on war. There is however a general consensus that war is necessary. Those who question war are looked upon as deviants. It was hard and is still difficult to appose war now. Rise Against’s song Hero of War and Wilfred Owen’s Dulce et Decorum Est can be compared through the problems with war, the unnecessary glorification of war, and breaking from what society thinks of war. Through both works of art there is a general consensus on the terror of war.

There are many problems with war that are shown in Hero of War. War crimes are a major problem with any war. The American are not above this either. In the Iraq war they committed many atrocities against Iraqi prisoners. Rise Against displays how horrible war crimes are, “They took off his clothes. They pissed in his hands.) This lyric from the song explains that they followed orders and captured this man, but power got to their heads. They tortured this man, who they had taken away from his family. “[They] beat him with guns” over and over again even though he war unarmed and probably innocent.

In World War One the soldiers were not taken care of very well and were made to live in very horrible conditions. In Dulce et Decorum Est Wilfred Owen shows the problems of war through the mustard gas. They all “[fit] the clumsy helmets just in time” except for one soldier who starts to drown in his own fluids. He starts choking and lunging at the other men, but nothing can be done to help him. He is then flung onto a cart and shipped away. There are many problems with this. Not only is there the emotional toll of losing a friend, but also the constant torturing fear that the same fate could happen to one of them

The title of Hero of War makes the obvious point of the glorification of war. However throughout the entire song it contradicts the line “and when I come home they’ll be damn proud of me.” Rise Against wants their audience to see these contradictions and reflect on how war is not as noble as people once thought. Rise Against also uses colourful imagery to paint horrifying images in their audiences’ head. They talk about the children crying when their poor father is taken away and beaten (and urinated on). They talk about the girl with the white flag. She is shot down in cold blood. The final line of that stanza is her blood soaking the earth.

Dulce et Decorum Est translates into “It is sweet and right”. Very similar to Hero of War, where the title contradicts the content of the poem. Wilfred Owen talks about the “incurable sores on innocent tongues.” Shows war is not wonderful or heroic, but...

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