Examine And Compare The Ways In Which Pat Barker In Regeneration And

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Examine and compare the ways in which Pat Barker in Regeneration and
Wilfred Owen in his poetry explore the nature of life in the trenches.

Pat Barker and Wilfred Owen are both successful writers in delivering
an insight into trench life from the perspective of a soldier,
although in different ways. Owen, being a soldier himself, has had
first hand experience of trench life and describes the pity of war, in
that war is a waste of young, innocent lives, and the bitterness of
the soldiers towards the people who do not have to fight. Whereas
Barker recreates trench life through the nightmares, hallucinations
and memories of the soldiers. Despite the fact that Barker is a modern
woman writer she still manages to write a realistic view of the
effects of war on soldiers. We forget that she would have had to do
extensive research to get her information so detailed, especially as
she combines real characters such as Graves and Sassoon, with her
fictional creations. There are several themes explored in the work of
both writers, the force of nature and the dangers in the trenches,
explored in "Exposure." The hatred and bitterness towards shirkers
explored in "The Dead Beat." The torment and terrible conditions that
the soldiers had to put up with, in "Dulce Et Decorum Est," and how
the soldiers began to think that it would be easier to end their lives
in war than to live through another day of horror, explored in
"Aterre."

The title "Exposure" says enough about the dangers in the trenches,
the risk of death and exposure to the enemy and exposure the natural
elements. Owen describes the intensity of the "merciless iced east
winds" that cut through the soldiers like a knife. Creating a vicious
imagery of trench conditions and soldiers who have no protection from
these horrid weather conditions and yet still have to go out and
fight, with no protection against the enemy. Owen describes how the
waiting for the inevitable keeps the soldiers awake as the "night is
silent" and this is worse than the noise of activity. All these
soldiers have to do is wait and wonder "what are we doing here?" "But
nothing happens." In the sixth stanza Owen refers to the "ghosts drag
home" almost suggesting that the soldiers are alone, not even their
spirits can survive the emptiness of the trenches. To begin with, the
images in the poem appear to contrast with those in "Regeneration" as
we see Sassoon looking forward to sleeping in "clean whit sheets,"
although we realise that he feels guilty that he can enjoy this luxury
and his comrades cannot. He says to Graves as he is seeing him off at
the station "Dottyville is almost bearable knowing you don't have to
be vomited on," this gives us an insight into the physical well being
of some of the soldiers.

After Graves has gone Sassoon "hates everybody, giggling girls, portly
middle-aged men, women whose eyes settled on his wound stripe like
flies" indicating his bitterness towards...

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