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Disabled, By Wilfred Owen. How Successful Is Wilfred Owen In Presenting The Destructive Nature Of War An Evoking Pity In The Reader?

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IGCSE English Language.Section B coursework: 'Disabled' essay.How successful is Wilfred Owen in presenting the destructive nature of war an evoking pity in the reader?This poem was created to represent each boy and man that joined the army during the First World War because of the propaganda and false information that the government was serving out and how slowly all the victims came to know the reality, the destruction and the horror the word 'war' really meant. Each and every soldier that joined the army during the WWI didn't have any other reason but the 'glory' that it entailed. Nobody had ever told them what they were really signing up for because I repeat, all the false information and ...view middle of the document...

In the first stanza Owen uses the pronoun 'he' to open the poem. He uses technical language however at the same time it also works as a structural device. The writer informs us that the young ex-soldier who represents every boy and man who suffered a physical loss or a mental scarring that he is 'sat in a wheel chair waiting for dark'. By using this sentence as an introductory line the reader immediately empathises with the protagonist of the poem; which is heightened when the words 'sat' and 'waited' are read which informs the reader the writer is now passive and no longer has any control over his life.Owen also uses linguistic techniques like sibilance; 'sewn' 'short' which gives the reader a solid image of the physical loss of the soldier and at the same time the writer empathises the loss and disability the soldier will now have to live with. He also uses alliteration 'wheeled' and 'waiting' which again furthers his passiveness. The sense of 'passiveness' that is transmitted to the reader has the effect of the reader feeling instant waves of pity towards all the young men that threw their lives away.The poet has also used several connotations, however the one that stands out the most to the reader is "waiting for dark" which again heightens the protagonist passivity and communicates to the reader he has no joys left to do I life but wait for death to take him away and him never come back.The second stanza is mainly formed by Owen contrasting vivid, pleasant images of the soldiers past, telling the reader his passions and joys he had while he was 'whole' and are no longer possible for him to do. The poet uses juxtaposition while contrasting happiness and waste. The first three lines are full of positivity, "swing so gay" and the traditional meaning of 'gay' is happiness which already gives the reader a taste of happiness which is reinforced when we are described fantastical images like "glow lamps budded" and "girls glanced lovelier". The positivity and fantastical images create a feeling that the soldier is fantasising about what he wishes was real but then a sudden sharp and brutal contras appears, "threw away his knees" which shows that even the soldier himself thinks that his loss was a waste, even from his point of view, the temporal marker 'now' is used to make sure the reader is shocked into reality that this is the present, "now he will never feel again", the reader feels as if the 'never' was capitalized highlighting he will 'never' have a girl which hurts the reader on his behalf because we know how important they were for him since they are described as 'warm' and 'subtle', Owen uses these pleasant adjectives to get the importance of girls in the ex-soldiers life across to the reader, but the girls give him no pit and are described as shallow, "look towards the men who are whole" and they "look at him as if he were some queer disease" which shows they are uncertainty towards the boy because the scale of the physical injury he has...

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