Anthem For Doomed Youth Wilfred Owen Analysis

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War has cursed man for eternal history. Its devastation has prolonged tragedies for millions of people. The gruesome killings represents the pain of innocent men who fall in the drains of perdition. The instruments of violence target the zones of demolition and the souls of brave men. This essay examines the massacres of war in Owen. In Anthem for Doomed Youth, Owen uses similes to describe the devastation of war. He symbolizes a “dying cattle” to reflect a troop of men being trounced in a warzone. He compares them to cattle because they are no more significant than steers being slaughtered for meat. He describes a muddy battlefield full of wounded men. They spurt blood and howl the enemy for survival like animals being butchered. Stephens & Waterhouse (1987) stated “Cattle, slaughtered for and the passing-bells which sound only for humans, whose slaughter is needless” (p. NA).…show more content…
Some men are victorious while others lay dead and abandoned in the grace of death. There are no witnesses who can claim the memory of a deceased soldier. They are doomed from any religious funerals. No spiritual rights surround the passing of a fallen soldier. Overview (2001) stated “There are no prayers or bells/Nor is there any voice of mourning, on the battlefield, the only observance of death is the choirs of shells that wail, just as a mourner might wail in grief at a funeral” (p. NA). The writer considers the Church of Death to represent the heroes who do not receive the normal ceremonies that are used to honor the dead. This proves that instead of honoring those who have fallen in battles, leaders endorse the indifference loss of
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