How Do Wilfred Owen in the Poem ‘Disabled’ and Sebastian Faulks on ‘the Last Night’ Highlight the Effects of War on the Characters Described? Essay

War in general only has negative effects on people, it tears family apart, desensitizes people, turn people pessimistic, nostalgic and worst of all it kills people. The most devastating affects of war are not only experienced by the soldiers but also by the innocent people including children, not only that but it completely strips the identity off a soldier which is shown in the poem ‘Disabled’. War also has an effect on young children, making them think in a more mature manner and brings solidarity to people and this is conveyed in ‘The Last Night’.

Wilfred Owen was an English poet and soldier, one of the leading poets of the First World War. While he was recovering at a hospital he met Siegfried Sassoon, and that was when he found his passion for poetry. His shocking, realistic war poetry on the horrors of war and the effects it has on people such as, solidarity, loss of hope, pessimism, nostalgia, isolation and disillusionment. In this essay I will be focussing on one of his poems called ‘disabled’.

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Sebastian Faulks is a contemporary writer who writes about war and the effects of it which is very similar to Wilfred Owen. The extract that I will be focussing on is from the novel called ‘The Last Night’ from Charlotte Gray, which is set in Vichy France while it’s under Nazi Germany control. In this essay I will be exploring the way the poet conveys the effects that war has on people in everyday life and the techniques the two writers used from the poem ‘Disabled’ by Wilfred Owen and an extract from the novella called ‘The Last Night’ by Sebastian Faulks.

Wilfred Owen explores the idea of war impacts on a soldier’s feelings showing hopelessness and isolation – how it completely cuts of off reality and the absolute loss of hope in the soldier. He conveys this effect on a soldier who got injured after war in the poem ‘Disable’ through the use poetic language and metaphors. He shows this as the soldier is ‘sat in his wheelchair, waiting for the dark. Shivering in his ghastly suit of grey’