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What is a political cartoon? Why do artists create political cartoons?
Purpose of Political cartoons
A political cartoon is a cartoon that makes a point about a political issue or event.
You will typically find them in the editorial section of newspapers or online.
Political cartoons can be funny, if you understand the issue being commented on.
Their main purpose, however, is to persuade you, not make you laugh.
The best political cartoons can change your mind without you even realizing how he or she did it.
Cartoonists use several techniques to make their point.
Symbolism, exaggeration, labeling, and analogy.
Once you are able to recognize these, you will be able to spot the message of the cartoon,
You will also be able to determine the artists political slant.
How to analyze political cartoons
Cartoonists use simple objects, or symbols, to stand for larger concepts or ideas.
After you identify the symbols in the cartoon, think about what the cartoonists intends for the symbols to stand for.
Sometimes artists overdo, or exaggerate, the physical characteristics of people or things in order to make a point.
When you study a cartoon, look for characteristics that seam overdone or overblown. Then try to figure out what point the cartoonist is making through exaggeration.
Cartoonists often label objects or people to make it clear exactly what they stand for.
Watch out for different labels that appear in the cartoon and ask yourself why the artist chose to label that particular person or object. Does the label make the meaning of the object more clear?
An analogy is a comparison of two things that share some characteristics. By comparing a complex issue with a more familiar one, cartoonists can help their readers see it in a different light.
After you’ve studied a cartoon for a while, try to decide what the cartoons main analogy is. What two situations does the cartoon compare? Once you understand the main analogy, decide if this comparison makes the artists point more clear to you.
Irony is the difference between the way things are and the way things should be.
When you look at the cartoon, see if you can find the irony in the situation that is depicted. Think about what point the irony might be intended to emphasize. Does the irony help the cartoonist express his opinion more clearly?
After you have identified the persuasive techniques
What issue is this political cartoon about?
What is the cartoonists opinion on this issue?
What other opinion can you imagine another person having on this issue?
Did you find the cartoon persuasive? Why or why not?
What other techniques could the artist have used to make this cartoon more persuasive?