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Category: Lang & Lit 3

Propaganda poster



Through the effective use of symbolism, colors, double entendre, and facial expression, the poster presents the difference between the one who only dreams about a goal and the one who actually achieves the goal, inspiring the audiences to strive for their goals. On the left side of the power, a person sleeps on the bed, “dreaming” about success. Generally, a bed is a place where people rest, so it symbolizes comfort. By lying on the bed, the person decides to stay in comfort without any effort, but still dreaming of success. His facial expression looks calm, but his lip somehow shows that he is unsatisfied, as he cannot achieve his goal. On the contrary, a group of people walks up the stairs. Generally, it is arduous to walk up the stairs, so stair symbolizes pain and effort. Their facial expressions are painful, even more than the person lying on the bed. They present the people who are putting endless effort to achieve their dream. On the end of the stair stands a flag that says “Dream”. The flag is often used to show a destination after a long journey, so it symbolizes the achievement of a dream. When a group of people arrives at the flag, all the pains in their facial expressions are washed away, and they jump in joy. When they do so, their facial expression looks even happier than that of the person lying on the bed, presenting the joy of the people who achieved their dreams. Through these symbolisms and facial expressions, the poster suggests the reader get out of the comfort zone and endure the pain to happily achieve the goal. The flag zone is higher than the bed zone, presenting that the ones who arrived at the flag zone achieved more than those at the bed zone. Lastly, in the phrase, Dream Or Dream?, the word “Dream” is a double entendre, meaning the dream that occurs have when sleeping, and also meaning the goal of one’s life. The former meaning is colored in black, which has a negative connotation, and the latter meaning is colored in gold, which symbolizes success. Through the double entendre and colors, the author appreciates the ones who achieve goals rather than who only dream about it, inspiring the audiences to strive for goals.

Reflection – Propaganda poster

For most of the posters that we had, I found out that they commonly analyzed the color. I think red was prevalent as it symbolizes communism.


The Chinese people seemed happy, and the overall poster was trying to convey a positive message about the revolution.

Moreover, most of the poster used appeals to ethos, which relies on the credibility of the poster.

As the poster includes lots of figure, I could spot that symbolism was one of the main techniques too.


Lastly, most of our classmates analyzed the words, including font size and word choice.

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