Theme Of Propaganda In Farewell To Manzanar

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Propaganda is an effective style of persuasion in which people are swayed to believe a lie by images and little reason or logic. By using images that defame a certain group of people, the government attempts to spread the ideas through the propaganda and is able to impose the same opinions onto its citizens. In the early to mid-1900s, Caucasian Americans were against the Japanese, and, because of their similar appearance, other Asians were discriminated against as well. With the show of thin eyes, yellow skin, and black hair on posters pasted all along the streets, Americans were gullible to the idea that all Asians were not supportive of the rights and liberties provided in America, therefore showing the effective and essentially dumb logic …show more content…
Despite being American, Jeanne and other people of Japanese descent are continually attacked due to the racism bred by the American government. They attack her and these people in a variety of forms such as isolation, disrespect, and avoidance. One example that clearly illustrates this hatred is Jeanne’s Caucasian teacher at Boyle Heights. Jeanne writes, “She would have nothing to do with me...This was the first time I had felt outright hostility from a Caucasian,” (Wakatsuki Houston; 12). This hatred was a first for Jeanne, and she initially only tasted it after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and propaganda against the Japanese stormed into America and the minds of the American people. Although the Japanese have lived in America for many years and the American people were okay with them, those Americans were still easily influenced by the propaganda into giving these people hate, isolation, and downright racism. Another time Jeanne experiences the effects of propaganda is when her mother is trying to sell her china before they leave for Manzanar. The man did not respect her mother and took advantage of their desperateness to basically take their valuables for very little …show more content…
One of these presidential candidates is Donald Trump who believes that Mexican immigrants only bring drugs, rapists, and negative impact to the United States. Because of this belief, he wishes to deport these people despite the fact that many of them actually help the United States, which is contradictory to his beliefs. Although it is true that many Mexican immigrants are supporting Americans, a large number of people still believe in Donald Trump and his opinions about these immigrants. Similarly, the Americans during World War 2 were influenced by the propaganda and opinion of the higher-ups that people of Japanese descent were bad people. Even though they were clearly no harm to the other American people for many years, propaganda was able to brainwash them into thinking

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