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The nineteenth century was irrevocably swept away in a tide of mud and blood with the coming of World War I The Great War lasted from 1914 through 1918 More than eight million soldiers lost their lives in the struggle between the Central Powers and the Allies The old ideals of warfare fought by aristocrats and gentlemen vanished beneath gas attacks trench warfare and heavy artillery bombardments Enlisted men would spend weeks in the most unbearable trenches of the front line These trenches were the most treacherous place to be in the war Many of the soldiers suffered from trench foot starvation dysentery shell shock and body lice and if these didnt get to them the mortar and gas attacks were sure to World War I posters attracted men to enlist pledging honor duty and camaraderie going back to the Latin saying that it is sweet and honorable to die for ones country In times when battles were fought with daggers and swords this was true but times change and with the innovation of tanks machine guns and artillery shells this is no longer justifiable Many soldiers lost appendages choked to death on their own intestines or were made undistinguishable by the overpowering blast of a mortar Humanity began to develop resentment for the brutal conditions in the war trenches along with the writers of the time Poets like Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen showed the antipathy through the vivid images of the trenches that they created in their works Sassoons The Rear Guard and Owens Dulce et Decotum Est use the shocking imagery of trench warfare to dissuade humanity from the belief in the glory of battle and the honor in dying for ones country in war Sassoon uses descriptive imagery in an attempt to show that trench warfare is not honorable but treacherous and brutal Sassoon shows that the glory in dying for ones country in the battlefields is demolished through the image
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