Political Cartoons 10/14/2013
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
Caricatures – exaggerated personal characteristics to make the picture more humorous
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
Irony – the difference between the way things are and the way they should be
Labeling is used to make it clear exactly what they stand for Symbol & label Label Symbol & Label Label
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
Whose Who? Republicans Democrats
What does this say about what is currently going on in the United States government?
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.