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?
Propaganda uses many rhetorical devices to achieve its purpose towards a specified audience. Propaganda techniques include: logos, pathos, ethos, ad hominem, ad populum, etc. They also represent some figures positively and some negatively to convey its message. The posters also use red to represent hope and the positive future. Because red represents communism, it is always present. Chairman Mao is mostly in the center of the poster with a benign facial expression.
How are Chinese people represented in them?
Chinese people are represented positively with kindly, determined, glorious facial expressions. They are often the greatest figure illustrated in the poster. They are mostly looking up in the sky to represent the bright future. The poster shows the teeth of the Chinese to show that they are happy. They have their mouth closed to show determination.
How are members of other groups being represented?
Americans, who are considered as enemies of the Chinese, are mocked in their position or facial expression. North Koreans, who are considered allies, are illustrated as normal humans, but is still smaller in size than the Chinese. Democratic countries’ people are mocked, while Communist countries’ people are idealized.