And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;

Is a quote from British WW1 soldier-poet Wilfred Owen’s “Dulce et Decorum Est”.

I was wondering if it would be reasonable to identify this as an example of dehumanisation even though he still uses human possessive words.

Or is there something else in this quote that I am not seeing. If so could you help with that?

  • I did this for Eng. Lit GCE O-Level in 1968. Why do you suppose dehumanising is happening? Does it not, rather, help you imagine death by poison gas (by humanising it)? Aug 24 at 7:55

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