Analyzing Japanese and American War Propaganda

For each of the examples of propaganda excerpted here from War Without Mercy, carefully examine the form and content of the images and of any accompanying text with these sets of questions in mind (click on the thumbnails to view images in full.) :

  • How is the enemy being characterized? What is the essence of its enemy status? What makes the enemy "evil" according to the propaganda?
  • What does the propaganda piece rely on in order to be effective? What is the piece assuming about its audience?
  • In what ways are the examples of Japanese and American propaganda similar? How do they differ? How do these differences reflect different perceptions of what the war was all about?

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