Bachelor Of Duties: A Narrative Analysis

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World War I is perhaps the most pivotal moment in the past century because it caused a sort of domino effect for the events which would proceed this brutal and costly disruptance, and all it took was one bullet. It wasn’t until 1917 when America officially declared their entrance into the war because Woodrow Wilson and his administration feared that the American people would not support them in their decision. Their fear was not wrongly placed, Wilson had been preaching for a long time that the U.S. would remain a neutral nation during the war, and Americans had praised him for claims, so to suddenly flip his perspective may be jarring. They also faced the reality that approximately 4.27 million American citizens at the time were of Germanic …show more content…
The photo depicts what I can only imagine to be as the German Army marching upon a college campus, whether that campus is the University of Louvain where the German Army actually did destroy and kill some innocent professors, unlucky enough to find themselves there at the time, or perhaps it is a college campus in the U.S. to evoke a sense of fear within college students and professors who passed by this poster on a daily basis. I believe that because I live in the 21st century, and understand the outcome and impact of this war, I would not carry out the message of this poster. However, if I am to be an ignorant, young, happy-go-lucky girl in the early 1900s I would purchase a war bond, not to appease the Committee of Public Information, but rather in support of those brave men fighting for our Liberty and Democracy on the front. The question of whether this message is patriotic or not is difficult. The Bachelor of Atrocities suggests in a rather violent manner to purchase Liberty Bonds by portraying the Germans as beings devoid of their humanity which must be stopped or else we end up like the University of Louvain. Now, purchasing …show more content…
Do it relentlessly,” or even, “The supreme sacrifice of life may come easier than the petty sacrifices of comforts and luxuries. You are called upon to exercise stern self-discipline.” As an educated individual I would not push myself to such extents simply to please the U.S. Government. For myself, being demanded in this way almost discourages me from even bothering to purchase a bond on behalf of the troops. Also, those who opposed the idea most certainly were not purchasing such bonds, why would an individual who disagreed with taking part in the war, support the war? I don’t have to guess what happened to those who opposed the war. The Committee of Public Information had created a very clear message, fight and display support for our democracy, or become a traitor in the eyes of an entire nation. Refusing to purchase a Liberty Bond or protest the war could be very life threatening due to the rampant nationalism found throughout the United States. The government used the people’s very own fears as a tool for homogenization, vigilante groups began popping up with a deep seated sentiment towards the enemy, Germans were being lynched, curriculum in schools were being adjusted to show America in a positive light, and the very language with which people were allowed to use was being

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