“Keep Calm And Carry On” Analysis

1004 words - 5 pages

The “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster is a simple yet compelling image. It has a bold attracting color and only consists of five words and an image of a crown on top. It has a deeper meaning than just the five words it includes. It can be influential in so many different ways to many people. There are a couple of reasons as to why I chose this image due to its message and background information. It has a direct approach and says what it means but still makes you think about what the artist is trying to portray.
The poster originated in Britain in 1939, months before the Second World War began. It was created to help motivate and boost the morale of the citizens of Britain at that time. After the First World War, the British public was afraid of what the second war’s aftermath would leave behind. Therefore, the Ministry of Information came up with the idea to make a poster to keep its citizens calm and composed. The crown on top of the poster is called a “Tudor”; a symbolic crown of King George VI. It was a commonly used symbol of the government. There is no record of who originally came up with the idea of the poster. During the time of its release, it was never officially seen by the public and most of the posters created were destroyed. This poster in particular was one of three posters created for this time period but this one made a lasting impression.
I chose this image because of its message and how it pertains to my life. I first came across the poster when I took a chorus trip to London for their New Year’s Day Parade back in 2011/2012. I saw it in a London souvenir shop and was immediately drawn to it. I really enjoy its overall message. When I look at it, I feel a sense of hope and calmness. The bold red colored background makes it really stand out since it is just a simple image. I believe that the artist chose the color red because of the bloodshed from the previous war. The color red is captivating and can catch a person’s eye from afar. In a way the color choice lets the person viewing the picture know that it is coming from the heart. The crown that heads the poster shows that the government stands by its people. They want to make sure they make it known to the public that the government cares about the wellbeing of its citizens. The font choice is simple and causes no distractions. It is bold and easy to read. As far as the message “Keep Calm and Carry On”, it makes feel happy. It is a message that stays in your mind especially during hard times. When things don’t seem to work out just, “Keep Calm and Carry On”, things will get better. In the movie “The Lion King” when Timon seeks a life of no worries, Rafiki tells him that in...

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