“We the People, Greater than Fear”
In the artwork we the people, are greater than fear, Shepard Fairey builds the argument that the
people are greater and powerful than fear itself, while being united. He uses textual evidence,
reasoning/facts, and emotion to strengthen and have a good persuasiveness for his argument. He
did a good job with explaining his point across and towards his audience at the time. To support
his argument, and understand the picture. Those 3 textual ways were imagery for the picture,
background information, and compelling image to strengthen the argument with three textual
He uses emotion, to trigger the audience reaction when they first see the picture. It was just girl
in a hijab. But more likely a hijab with colors of the American flag. Which stood out because the
hijab is the symbolism of being Muslim. Many people will be triggered and stereotype the
picture. Which the author proved incorrect by adding the wording underneath the picture.
Underneath her picture it said “We the people, are greater than fear” meaning all people of
America united together in one unity. Without stereotyping people, or grouping because of fear.
Trying convert any negative feelings toward the picture. Hoping that even though she might look
different, we all are the same and united. With any fear in between us, showed be weak because
we are the people of America.
The artist for sure used compelling imagery to attract the audience and persuade. He uses 3 main...