World Lit Paper Draft - 001094 0003 World Literacy Paper Gabby Alcantara The first thing most people think of when they hear Hitler is an evil menacing

World Lit Paper Draft - 001094 0003 World Literacy Paper...

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001094 0003 World Literacy Paper Gabby Alcantara The first thing most people think of when they hear “Hitler” is an evil, menacing totalitarian dictator or a corrupt, villainous fascist responsible for the death of millions. These associations with Hitler are because of his actions during his time in power and the Holocaust. But rarely do people think of Hitler as an innocent child growing up in Austria, attending school like a regular young boy. The author of “Hitler’s First Photograph”, Wislawa Szymborska, uses dramatic irony and defamiliarization to intrigue the reader and create an unsettling feeling within the reader. Szymborska uses colloquial language, allusions, rhetorical questions and listing to create the dramatic irony and in turn defamiliarize the reader to Hitler in order to explore the idea of where evil comes from. Szymborska’s use of colloquial language enhances the dramatic irony and defamiliarizes Hitler. In the poem, as the photographer is first introduced to baby Hitler, he asks, “And who’s this little fellow in his itty-bitty robe?” (1). The use of the colloquial language “itty-bitty” (1) characterizes baby Hitler as cute and innocent. This makes the reader uncomfortable as the image of Hitler and “itty-bitty” (1) do not match up well. Later in the poem, the narrator also asks, “Where will those tootsy-wootsies finally wander?” (8). The use of colloquial language “tootsy- wootsies” (8) continues to enhance the defamiliarization and continues to make the reader uncomfortable, comparing things so different such as cute “tootsy-wootsies” and Hitler. The poem later describes baby Hitler as “Precious little angel, mommy’s sunshine, honey bun” (11). Colloquial language is very abundant in this line, which specifically targets the readers who are mothers and therefore know what it is like to refer to their child as “precious little angel” (11) or “mommy’s sunshine” (11) or “honey bun” (11). A mother who reads this line may be reminded
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