Essay on Propagand The Power Of Words

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The Power of Words

Paul Joseph Goebbels, a German politician and Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany once stated: “Propaganda works best when those who are being manipulated are confident they are acting on their own free will (www.azquotes.com). In literature, the usage of propaganda is prevalent in totalitarian states, which functions as a method of control to manipulate people and acquire power. According to Mr. Blythe’s Class Notes, propaganda is defined as “the spreading of ideas, information, or rumor for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, a cause, or a person”. In other words, propaganda seeks to change the opinion of the society, understanding of the population and manipulate people into thinking that they are acting according to their own freewill. It is often done through deception and confusion by telling people false information and preventing them from knowing the truth. For example, while creating this poster, the usage of propaganda is included in order to attract people’s attention. The first technique that is used is called “glittering generalities”. According to Mr. Blythe’s Class Notes, it is defined as “intensely emotionally appealing words so closely associated with highly valued concepts and beliefs that they carry conviction without supporting formation or reason. They appeal to such emotions as love of country, home; desire for peace, freedom, glory, honor, etc”. The slogan “If you want freedom, come to the Red Center” is a…

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