All Quiet On The Western Front Poster Analysis

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“All Quite On the Western front” written by Remmarch and “Dulce et Decorum est” by Wilfred Owen were written to show the true horrors of war compared to the romance of war in propaganda posters like “Coo-Ee”. They do this by using writing techniques like, metaphors, similes, hyperbole and using text and imagery to appease and horrify the reader.

In the World War I, South Australian propaganda poster COO-EE shows an Australian soldier standing on a battlefield, pointing his weapon towards the enemy which can be seen fleeing over a hill in the background and calling coo-ee. The poster was created to persuade South Australian Men to join the Australian army.

The poster exclaims “We want YOU at the Front” the front in this line this would refer that the poster is talking about ‘The Front’ in France, Europe but the terrain in the background of the poster is not the flooded muddy miserable cold that is described in All Quiet On the Western Front by Paul, this is demonstrated by the strong visual imagery in “Our trenches have long since been shot to pieces, and the front is so fluid that trench warfare is not really possible anymore”. The poster instead uses rich, warm colours a blue sky to give the reader the sense that the front is
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The speed in which the men try to put their gas masks on show the reader how much they fear the gas and the horror they acclaim to it.
The line “He plunges at me, guttering, choking, dying.” Uses suspense and a small amount of hyperbole to emphasis and highlight how painful and terrifying a death by gassing is. This reality of death on the front is completely opposite to the quick, easy and painless death that is portrayed in world war one propaganda. The quick and instantaneous death while leading a charge on enemy