Homework Help

What is an example of propaganda from the book Red Scarf Girl?

user profile pic

nickr | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted February 3, 2013 at 10:28 PM via web

dislike 2 like

What is an example of propaganda from the book Red Scarf Girl?

1 Answer | Add Yours

user profile pic

litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 3, 2013 at 10:56 PM (Answer #1)

dislike 1 like

An example of propaganda is the Propaganda Wall used to promote state leaders and ideas. 

The wall was located at the end of an alley, and used to display posters.

Right at the entrance to our alley, where you could not help noticing it, stood the propaganda wall. (p. 98)

The book’s glossary defines propaganda as “[information] intended to promote a particular belief” (p. 298).  The propaganda wall is something Ji-li finds disturbing.  The posters seem to watch her.  They are simple proponents of the fight against the Four Olds.

Propagandists prefer simple and clear arguments and descriptions over complex ones. It targets the emotions of its audience, rather than the intellect… (enotes, propaganda)

Even though Ji-li was young, she was old enough to realize that the propaganda was not helpful, but harmful.  The mindless distribution of ideas frustrates and confuses her.

Sources:

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes