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Wwi: Introducing Chemical Warfare And The Demise Of Humanity

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The First World War dragged in the world’s economically powerful countries at the time, while also advocating advancements in technology that would aid each side in their goal of winning the war. World War I featured many different technologies, including the submarine, aircraft, and chemical weapons, used for defense and, more often, offense. Specifically, chemical developments paved the way to a new type of war—chemical warfare. Wars in the past were fought using conventional warfare, in which each side uses brutal force to eliminate the enemy. However, chemical warfare sneaks up on the enemy, harmfully affecting all who encounter it without using explosive force. Thus, while chemical ...view middle of the document...

This contradicts all natural instincts to run away or duck and cover for safety. The chlorine gas specifically targeted the enemy’s psyche, inducing dread and panic when the saw a cloud of gas approaching.
For many young men, World War I was a time of glory and national pride. As the war progressed and the death toll of soldiers rose across the globe, countries involved in the war needed to continuously replenish their troops. a major source of new forces arose from the excessive amounts of propaganda that the fighting nations distributed. this propaganda was a devious tool of those in power to use the weak as their pawns. Young impressionable men would view the aforementioned propaganda and consequentially perceive the war effort as a source of glory and success. the British poet Wilfred Owen, and the German writer, Erich Remarque were able to see through the political jargon regarding the war, and hence, they were consciously aware of the governments’ manipulative actions in recruiting pawns in the ominous expression of power that is known as war. through their writings, Wilfred Owen and Erich Remarque expressed their perspectives on the war, particularly with regards to the mass slaughtering of young soldiers and the horrors of combat.
the British poet, Wilfred Owen, manifested his opinions of the war in the form of short works and poems. “Dulce et Decorum Est”, a poem by Wilfred Owen detailing his firsthand experiences in the war and with death, was arguably one of the poet’s finest works. Through this poem, the British writer clearly conveyed his stance on the morality of sending the youth to die in war. By depicting a gruesome scene in which a young British soldier died from poisonous gas attack, Owen overtly portrays the truth behind World War I. Using imagery to paint a vivid image of death and suffering in his audience’s mind, Wilfred Owen exposed the final destination of the hopeful young soldiers who were betrayed by their government. On the contrary, if Owen wished to portray a scene of glory and nationalist pride, the poet would have detailed a scene in which the soldier dies peaceful or the British troops conquer the enemy without mentioning a death. Ergo, since the British poet depicted a terrifying scene of the final results of war, he was clearly attempting to turn his audience against the war effort.
Even though the title of Wilfred Owen’s poem appears to promote the nationalism associated with the war, Owen intended to use the title in a satirical manner. As the ending lines of the final stanza suggest, Wilfred Owen found it neither “sweet” nor “proper” for the young to sacrifice themselves in a brutal war. Since the poet calls the Latin expression “the Old Lie,” he viewed it as a tool that governments use to manipulate their citizens into sacrificing themselves for a large and “noble” cause. Though alluring propaganda led young men...

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