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  1. Political Cartoons 10/14/2013

  2. Political Cartoon Elements Caricatures Symbolism Irony Labeling Sarcasm The goals of a political cartoon are to influence public opinion and to depict what is currently going on in US government

  3. Caricatures – exaggerated personal characteristics to make the picture more humorous

  4. Symbolism is used to clarify the cartoon’s deeper meaning

  5. Examples of Symbols • Peace – dove, olive branch, victory sign • United States – Uncle Sam, flag, stars and stripes, shield, Columbia • Democrats – donkey • Republicans – elephant • Death – vulture, skeleton with shroud, skull and crossbones, grim reaper • Love – heart, Cupid, Venus • Money – dollar bill or dollar sign

  6. Irony – the difference between the way things are and the way they should be

  7. Exaggeration- overstating or magnifying a problem

  8. What’s exaggerated?

  9. Labeling is used to make it clear exactly what they stand for Symbol & label Label Symbol & Label Label

  10. Sarcasm– remarks or pictures that intend to hurt

  11. How is sarcasm used?

  12. Comics vs. Political Cartoons Reflects on culture, society, and normal oddities of everyday life Uses politics and reflects the current affairs or climate of government

  13. Whose Who? Republicans Democrats

  14. Historical Political Cartoons

  15. Historical Political Cartoons

  16. Why do you think this cartoon caused controversy?

  17. What does this say about what is currently going on in the United States government?

  18. PRACTICE: Using your handout analyze the cartoons.

  19. Extended Learning Find 3 political cartoons that reflect the current atmosphere of Congress. Complete an analysis for each cartoon using your classroom handout. Political cartoons must be included with each analysis.