All Quiet On The Western Front Propaganda Analysis

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Propaganda was a ploy commonly used throughout history that deceived many with images deliberately created for people to carry out certain acts or believe in false ideas. Such is the poster depicting the German Kaiser, Wilhelm II under a massive, silver coin. The first world war had been taking a toll on the British economy. Britain was not prepared for the financial demands that war posed and as a result, an increased number of people were paying income tax and the British government decided upon taking the civilians’ money as well. On the other hand, in Germany, both civilians and soldiers were facing starvation due to German supply lines being cut off. The effect of this starvation is expressed by Paul Bäumer in All Quiet on the Western Front, written by Erich Maria Remarque. Fighting on the front lines for Germany, Bäumer discovers the harsh realities of war and just how deluding it was. The deception he encountered illustrates the unrealistic effect that British civilians would have on the Germans by donating their money.

This deception was utilized by the British government to oppose the Germans during World War I. It targets British civilians and deception is used in this poster with the distorted size of a shilling compared to that of a person, giving the target audience the sense that their money is a potent weapon. Creating the sense that their money is a weapon also convinces more civilians to put in money for the war effort. Moreover, the portrayal of the Kaiser

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