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How does Wilfred Owens poem Dulce et Decorum est challenge the glamorised view of war often given to the young in book comics and films The theme of this poem is to convince the reader not to fill childrens minds with how glorious it would be to die for your country Most comic books and films aimed at young children describe the war to be clean and organised The image is usually censored Wilfred Owen deeply affected by what he has seen and done during a gas attack during world war1 has come to the realisation that war is not glorious but filthy vile and senseless NOT sweet and filling as the title suggests Wilfred Owens raw rich and dramatic description of the horrors during war is clearly written throughout the poem Words like guttering choking and drowning not only show that people are suffering but also they are in terrible pain that no human being should endure In the first four stanzas Owen writes about the death like quietness before the storm of the gas attack All went lame Men marched asleep Tired and nearly helpless the soldiers walk onwards-expecting relief The phrase Blood-shod shows how the troops have been on their feet for days and some even have lost their boots told on line five The whole image being described is the true image of war unlike in comic books and childrens films where soldiers and scenery will be bright and calm Shiny boots and smart strong clean soldiers marching into war with the look of braveness and determination on their faces marching onwards with no sign of tiredness Owen is determined to totally wipe the false image out of the readers mind be using strong metaphors The phrase Blood shod shows how troops have been on their feet for days never resting The gasman was flung into the wagon showing the urgency and preoccupation with fighting The only thing they
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