Ww1 Source 3 Essay

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Source three is a World War I Australian propaganda poster created by the Australian State Parliamentary Recruiting Committee in 1917, focussing on the recruitment of soldiers, specifically sportsmen to volunteer to join the war as a method to replenish the front lines of the war in Europe. An associated message of the source questioned the validity and legitimacy of healthy, Australian men participating in sports while the other soldiers fought at the front in Europe. This situation strongly contradicted cultural loyalty, where Australians from the past and in the present have a traditional value of fitness and athletics, and have a competitive history in sports, with regional loyalty and political nationalism in terms of accommodating the …show more content…

In the poster, the artist juxtaposed an infamous Australian soldier and Victoria Cross recipient, Lieutenant Albert Jacka, with a number of men engaged in athletic activity in the background, suggesting the bias that soldiers are more prominent and respected. Also, Australian men may be influenced by the “V.C” initials as a motive to join the war peerly because of a chance to attain fame and self-aggrandizement. In other words, these men were loyal to their own ideological values instead regional loyalty to fellow Australians. Imperative vocabulary, such as “join”, “train”, “embark”, “show” and “fight” was effectively chosen as a method to influence men to join the military, that was further emphasized by a powerful and convincing tone. At the same time, the steps are sequential to athletes, where they also join a club or sports team, train, travel, and battle as a group, which may act as an influential factor in enlisting soldiers, as a result of interpreting and relating the ideals of success to both sports and to the war, although not explicitly true throughout the entire war for Britain and its former colonial allies. An example would be the Battle of Gallipoli where thousands of Australians lost their lives in a failed attempt to run towards the Ottoman army who occupied the mountainous regions with machine …show more content…

Common themes include different values and beliefs that make up loyalty, the value of collectivism is jointly linked between the three sources. As well, numerous perspectives castigate the ideas of egocentricity and self-interests towards oneself. Finally, all sources have a degree of call-to-action on influencing the audience to be influenced to agree with the speaker or artist of the particular assigned source. As an audience and interpreter of the assigned source, one is able to various forms of loyalties: Class, cultural, and civic loyalties. The criticism of selfishness was expressed in both sources two and three. In source two, Shamay condemned “people” who act loyally for their personal good, instead of the good for the collective. Similarly, in source three, the artist attempted to persuade sportsmen enjoying leisurely activities of hunting, playing cricket, lacrosse, tennis, and golf as shown in the background of the source to protect their country currently engaged in the war. Moreover, the second source discussed numerous unspecified forms of loyalty which can be interpreted from the short, but sophisticated quote, while the third source of a propaganda poster is much more direct and specific when examining types of loyalties that exist in the source. Both source one and two discusses the gravity of ameliorating a country at times of need by the citizens; whether by stepping up against a

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