Comparing the Way That War and Conflict Are Presented in Macbeth and a Selection of World War One Poetry

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Compare the way that War and Conflict are presented in Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ and a selection of World War One poetry
War and conflict are two topics that have been key matters in many countries around the world. William Shakespeare is a writer who expresses his views in poems and plays about these two significant issues. Shakespeare was born in the mid-1500s and based his work on the battles between England and Scotland. ‘Macbeth’ is a play that was written in 1606 and as Shakespeare wrote for a living his purpose was to entertain the audience. In this essay I will be analysing and comparing a selection of World War One poetry by Wilfred Owen to ‘Macbeth’. Wilfred Owen was a WW1 soldier and unfortunately died due to the war. As he was receiving treatment in hospital he wrote his poems and in contrast to Shakespeare he wrote to inform people about the brutalities of war and the truth about war. I will be analysing and comparing how both these writers present war and conflict in: Macbeth, Dulce et Decorum Est and Anthem for Doomed Youth.
Owen contradicts the way soldiers are presented by the British government as he describes the soldiers as “Bent double, like old beggars under sacks”. This line depicts the fatigue in the soldiers and how despicable the conditions were. ‘Bent double’ implies that the soldiers were so tired and spent that they were like elderly people in the way that they ben over as they get older. ‘Old’ also suggests that although they were young and participated in the war their experience has seemed like a lifetime and that their youth had been stolen. The quote is also a simile and displays the soldiers like they have lost everything. ‘Like old beggars under sacks’. ‘Beggars’ portrays the soldiers as being worthless and as if they have lost everything. Also they are made to look as if they have to start from the bottom and work their way to the top, just like beggars. ‘Under sacks’...