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War is and always will be a horrible place to be in or at We can learn this from the two war pieces of the film Platoon and the poetry of Wilfred Owen The main theme in Platoon is of the loss of innocence caused by the war Owens poetry is somewhat different He displays and conveys the images of the harsh living conditions on the battlefields of France The settings in both pieces display similarity and get straight to the point Platoon was full of mud slime and humidity whilst Owens poetry depicted almost the same situation At the beginning of Platoon we find ourselves in a dense humid jungle filtered by blue light to give an eerie feel to it The director Oliver Stone displays the sheer darkness and density of the jungle by viewing the tree-tops from beneath with the gaps in the foliage just letting in enough blue light to be able to see The jungle floor was also extremely muddy and slimy The roots of the tall trees made the terrain tough to travel on as well The battlefields of France where Owens poetry is set is somewhat the same In one of his letters to his mother Owen describes his place of living The ground was not mud not sloppy mud but an octopus of sucking clay 3 4 and 5 feet deep relieved only by craters full of water He compares the mud to a sucking octopus In his poem Dulce et Decorum Est Owen describes the soldiers as they trudge along the unwilling terrain He uses examples of men losing their boots to show the harshness of war and the unforgiving terrain The Sentry is another poem in which Owen describes the harsh settings of the war In The Sentry he uses lines such as Rain guttering down in waterfalls of slime and Kept slush waist-high that rising hour by hour choked up the steps too thick
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