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QuestionIn what specific ways do Wilfred Owens poems attempt to dispel the illusions about the war represented in the art on pages 367-368 As the First World War raged through Europe many of the countries involved used posters to draw people to the cause The posters located in the Human Record showed scenes of happiness and patriotism People were seeing these posters and assuming that war was similar to them But on the other hand Wilfred Owens was writing poetry that truly portrayed the war how it actually was The war poster by B Hennerberg showed young soldiers in a train getting ready to leave Everyone is smiling and excited in the picture even though they are going off to a bloody battle in which many of them will not make it home The poem by Wilfred Owens that contradicts this poster is called Disabled This poem tells the story of a young Scottish soldier that was wounded in the war and lost his legs The young man just sits in his wheelchair all day listening to the voices of the people in the park silently wishing that he could once again join in the fun and games But because of the war and the posters used to encourage enlistment the soldier will never again be able to live like the happy people in the park Owen makes reference to the fact that when the soldier left there was big deal about the young boys going off to war But as the legless soldier returned home only a few people welcomed him The poem also told of how the young soldier fought for his countrys freedom and only one man actually thanked him for his bravery and courage The Scottish soldier lost his legs in the war and the only thing his got was a gray suit and a wheelchair that will never leave the institution in which it sits now The boy lost
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