Dont Kill Her Daddy With Careless Talk Analysis

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Even though it occurred not even 100 years ago, the 1940s were a different time. World War 2 took place and it is noted as the deadliest war in history lasting 6 years. During this time, American propaganda was abundant in posters, leaflets, radio, movies, etc. One of the most common themes of propaganda had to do with “Carless Talk.” These posters were meant to prevent people from spreading military information that spies could listen in on. Some popular posters contained sayings such as “loose lips sink ships” and “Another careless word, another wooden cross” (American propaganda 1-12). Rumors and gossip were very looked down upon at the time because one slip up could lead to families getting torn apart. In one poster there is a drawing of a little girl crying while holding what seems to be her father’s picture. Underneath is says “Don’t kill her daddy with careless talk.” The illustration was drawn by Dorothy Hope Smith who is most known for drawing the Gerber Baby. During World War 2, Dorothy designed posters for the US Office of War Information and worked until her death in 1955 (“Don’t kill her daddy with careless talk” 1). Dorothy used pathos, orientation, certain colors and font to criticize the gossiping that occurred during wartime. Pathos is the main technique that Dorothy used in this poster. She used this literary…show more content…
People are on edge and emotions run high. Harmless gossip could have disastrous effects. (Emerson 1) By implementing techniques such as Pathos, orientation, colors and fonts, Smith demonstrated how she was against wartime gossip. She used a little girl to help connect with the audience as it was a relatable situation at the time for most people. By getting to people’s emotions, the poster is very persuasive and memorable. To this day, people still research this poster and ones like it. It gives us a good idea of what state freedom of speech was like back
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