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 propaganda that had been spewed out by the authorities. Boys and young men alike would be recruited at sporting events and talked into signing up for the army by the sly recruiters while the soon-to-be-soldiers were drunk on the cheers from the crowd and intoxicated with the sweet savour of victory that would soon turn sour in their mouths.
Owens purpose with his poem is to convey the desolation and devastation and destruction of war not only the readers of our current era but more importantly to the victims, be it families or soldiers and citizens that lived through the WWI. Owen tries to make the people of those times understand the truth behind all the cataclysmic, catastrophic and calamitous years of war.
The effect of this poem on the reader is magnified because of Owens past that is now engraves into our history books. Unlike the armchair patriots of the times, Wilfred Owen was a high ranking officer in the army and before he witnessed first hand the dire ecosystem of war he was a pro-war poet, since...