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Propaganda analysis -recruitment posters from the Great War.

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´╗┐Propaganda is usually termed as any form of communication that may serve as a purpose of influencing a mass majority of people in order to shape their thoughts a certain way about a cause concerning a group or nation, therefore usually making the use of propaganda very political. Using forms of media to shape people?s thoughts and create what is otherwise known, as bias requires a high and precise use of persuasion, which usually comes from the intricate use of language techniques with visual aid to appeal to the audience and make them believe in the cause the propaganda is supporting. In my further oral activity, I will be analyzing one pieces of propaganda, in the form of a poster and discuss the effect it is creating by the way it?s language is used. Before analyzing this piece of propaganda, it is essential to know the background it comes from. It was made during world war one in Britain, also known as the Great War, when there was a dire need for men to serve in the army for the country?s defense before conscription was introduced in 1916. Therefore the audience of this were men eligible to join the army, usually above the age of eighteen. ...read more.


As normally understood, the man in the poster is not a young, bachelor man that would stereotypically join the army, as he has kids and a wife to look after. Using this as the main idea, the poster contradicts usual belief in a subconscious way. Not only is there a visible use children in the poster that are shown to have a very loving and intimate relationship with their father, the text starts of with ?Daddy? With that word come connotations of a young, warm family man, which speaks out to an even larger audience base than just young men. Using constant connotations of a family man or a fatherly figure, it urges even them to join the army in ways so that their kids can look up to them. Again, this use of semantics creates an acceptance in the minds of people that family men are also fully eligible to be a part of the army, and again create a tone of guilt and an overall sense of emotional and subtle blackmail, encouraging them to join the army. This could also be classified as the use of pragmatics, which is described as the study of a deeper social meaning of language. ...read more.


then the effect of it (to make sure he has an answer for his children) and finally the action he must take to fulfill this very purpose, which is to (enlist today) To conclude, I would say that by commanding the audience to enlist and join the army, after giving them a sense of shame for themselves, no longer being seen as a hero by his children and not being patriotic towards his own country, the reader is given the hope that this can be changed by turning the tables by changing him from a hopeless cowardly man to someone who is admired and respected for joining the army, adding an immense sense of power as the viewer pictures himself doing the same. The last line is short and extremely effective as by demanding the audience to do so, the whole purpose is already fulfilled as the reader will realize the effects of not joining the army. This piece of propaganda therefore uses extremely essential graphological and language tools to appeal to the readers mind, shape their thoughts about joining the war and creating what is known as bandwagon, making the reader feel as if he should join the army because everyone else is doing it, and to avoid himself from being secluded and losing respect and dignity as a father, as a citizen and more or less, as a man. ...read more.

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