Propaganda Paper

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Michele Slater
Dr. Woodruff
PSY320
14 November 2013
Triumph of the Will Reaction My breath was taken away when I saw those beautiful roofs in that cozy German town. The smoke leaving the chimneys gave me a warm sense of home while the beautiful open sky begged me to walk down the city streets. As the camera drifted towards the grand gothic church with its bells ringing, I wanted leave immediately to go on a German vacation. The scene truly captured the best of the area, and left me wanting more. I would be proud if that was my home. The city streets were full of flags, flags symbolizing national pride, flags with swastikas on them. I can see the emotional appeal of this imagery, because it was working on me almost 80 years later, minus the swastikas. It is not hard to see or feel how the country men of Germany would have seen this film in their own hometowns after World War I. Imagine downtrodden people, in an economic depression and in need of a leader who could restore hope. The next scene with farmers presenting their crops to Hitler in traditional garb was also enchanting. Here is this man rising to power, bringing a message of hope and given homage to the past. People of Germany were in need of food and seeing this bounty would have look seductive and promising. I was also found myself admiring the beautiful cloths and heritage they represented. They looked festive, special and symbolic of better times. The farmers made their way to the German motorcade. The traditional German got to shake hands with a modern progressive. Eager on-lookers were seen climbing up on ledges to get a better look. The visuals so far in this film present the audience with a curious wonder. Who is this man and what is all the fuss about? If I had been viewing this in a small town after only hearing rumors of this man, I would be intrigued to know more. So far…...

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