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Political Cartoons PSML-50
History Ben Franklin’s “Join or Die” Cartoon Thomas Nast’s Boss Tweed Cartoons
What makes them work? “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Techniques: - Caricature - Stereotyping - Symbols - Satire - Labels - Exaggeration
Caricature Distorting a person’s features, but still keeping the person recognizable.
Stereotyping Showing all persons of one group as looking or acting the same.
Satire and Exaggeration • Satire: pointing something wrong and ridiculing it. • Exaggeration: portraying it as “bigger than life.”
Symbols Using a sign or object to stand for something else.
Labels Using written words to identify figures/ideas in a cartoon.