IB DP Language A Language and Literature – sample text analysis – WWII war propaganda poster

Text: “V…- WEARING DIFFERENT UNIFORM BUT WE ALL HAVE THE SAME JOB.” War production board. 1942/3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V_sign#/media/File:V…_-_Wearing_different_uniforms_but_we_all_have_the_same_big_job._Let’s_go_everybody_-_Keep_`em_firing._-_NARA_-_534899.jpg

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Some elements of this text to consider:

  • The context of the poster (during WWII).
  • The V is a reference to ‘victory’
  • The use of explosions in the background which contrasts with the brave /calm looks on the faces of the men. They are walking confidently completely unaffected by what is going on in the background.
  • The audience and intended effect of the ad – beyond the basics the poster is trying to build / keep a sense of unity and cohesion in the armed forces. The fact that the men are walking shoulder to shoulder in the same direction corresponds to the language used in the text. Also not the underline under “EVERYBODY” at the bottom of the poster.
  • The use of all-caps is common in wartime propaganda posters.

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