Citzens of Death

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Some situations in life cause you to grow up quicker, while others don’t. It is believed that the measure of your life is determined by how many lives you touch. It is not by how much money you make or how many records you collect. Although, can it be measured by how many people you kill? For Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon they think it is. They were both outraged by young soldiers lives lost from the horrors of war. In “Dulce Et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen, it was a magnificent but terrible account of War World I soldiers experiencing a gas attack. Unfortunately, in the poem one of the soldiers isn’t able to get the mask on and suffers horribly. Wilfred Owen uses brilliant word choice and rich and raw imagery to reveal his ethics on war. For these reasons I chose “Dulce Es Decorum Est” as my favorite out of the two. I also selected “Dreamers” by Siegfried Sassoon because it explains the minds of soldiers on the battlefield. These soldiers daydream about their homes and family but lack realism of the situation. They reverie that they will remain alive while dead bodies surrounds them. In "Dulce Et Decorum Est" by Wilfred Owen and "Dreamers" by Siegfried Sassoon both poets use a first-person point of view to portray the harsh reality of war in vivid imagery, but with very different tones.

Nobody denies both poems use extensive imagery. At the beginning of “Dreamers” and “Dulce Et Decorum Est”, the poets don’t hesitate in the first lines of their poem. Owen and Sassoon explain through colorful word choice how awful conditions were for soldiers. They don’t sugar-code the realities these soldiers had to face everyday. Specifically, in “Dulce Et Decorum Est”, Owen explains how the soldiers were so tired of walk...

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...images, but with extremely unlike moods. Society often depicts many things in a different light. They may describe something as the new and adventurous thing everybody should try, but doesn’t include the effects. Often people are tricked by their means of persuasion without acknowledging the facts. The key thing these poets were trying to explain was that there is no way of knowing how something will be unless you try it. They are not saying to go out and try everything but that you can’t believe everything that people say.

Works Cited

Owen, Wilfred. "CoursePlayer : CoursePlayer." Read Dulce Et Decorum Est. Primvera Online. Web. 22 June 2011. .

Sassoon, Siegfried. "CoursePlayer : CoursePlayer." Read Dreamers. Primvera Online. Web. 22 June 2011. .

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