- Considering the posters that we have analyzed as a class, what are some of the key elements of propaganda that they seem to share in common?
There are several common elements used in propaganda posters. Rhetorical devices are utilized to convey meaning with the purpose of persuading the specified audience; these techniques include ad hominem, pathos, ethos, logos, etc. The slogans are written visibly with eye-catching colors, chiefly red, to convey the overall message of the poster directly. It also addresses the topic in the 2nd person to make people feel connected with the particular matter the author aims to propagate. Moreover, most Chinese citizens and soldiers are represented positively around Chairman Mao, who is also portrayed as a positive figure with a benign facial expression in the center of the poster.
- How are Chinese people being represented in them?
Chinese people are portrayed as positive figures with gentle and delightful facial expressions despite the actual dark days of the Cultural Revolution. They are illustrated as the most significant figures in the poster with bright colors and pleasing looks that represent a bright future.
- How are members of other groups being presented?
While Chinese people are represented as great figures, the others who are considered enemies of China are portrayed in a mocking manner. For instance, in the poster, “Resist US and Support Korea to Save Neighbors and Ourselves,” the US soldier is the only figure drawn as a caricature, and he is ridiculed in his animal-like posture, position, and facial expression. Although the North Koreans are normally drawn since they were considered allies, they’re still smaller in size than the Chinese soldier.