Visual Analysis

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Coppa1 Andrew Coppa Sarah Salter Engl015 7/9/10 The Significance of A Soul In March of 1933, Nazi Germany launched an unprecedented genocide which by 1945 had killed over 6 000 000 Jews. (The Holocaust) This atrocity bears the name Holocaust, and has since been documented by countless visual images. The film poster of Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List (1993) uses a variety of rhetorical strategies to represent the significance of every individual even in catastrophic situations. This rhetorical analysis examines this image from the standpoint of a viewer who sees the posters for the first time, knowing only that the films concerns with the Holocaust. Directed by Steven Spielberg, Schindler’s List was released in 1993, although its poster was released a year earlier. Even before the film’s debut, Schindler’s List garnered a great deal of public excitement: Spielberg had spent a decade working on the film, and news sources were predicting its widespread success. (Schindler’s List) For a film of such gravitas, the poster is alarmingly simple. The poster is dominated by an adult hand clasping the gaunt hand of a child. The child’s sleeve is red, which stands out to the viewer in an otherwise black and white image. Behind the hands is a faint list, stretching vertically through the image. The only legible text on the image reads Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List. (Schindler’s 27s) In the image, Spielberg tactfully uses rhetorical appeals to convey a visual argument. Spielberg’s most obvious rhetorical appeal is his use of pathos. The red in the
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