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POLITICAL CARTOONS. “Guide to Analyzing Political Cartoons”. What is the difference between a political cartoon and a cartoon that you find in the comic section of the news paper?. Is this a political cartoon or a comic?.

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political cartoons


“Guide to Analyzing Political Cartoons”

What is the difference between a political cartoon and a cartoon that you find in the comic section of the news paper?
  • Is this a political cartoon or a comic?
political cartoon how does this cartoon differ from the garfield cartoon in the previous slide
Political CartoonHow does this cartoon differ from the Garfield cartoon in the previous slide?
what is a political cartoon
What is a political cartoon?
  • A political cartoon is a cartoon that makes a point about a political issue or event. You can find them in newspapers, news magazines, and on Web sites.
  • Political cartoons can be very funny, especially if you understand the issue that they are commenting on. Their main purpose, is not to amuse you, but to persuade you.
pictures with a point
Pictures With a Point
  • A good political cartoon makes you think about current events, but it also tries to sway your opinion toward the cartoonist’s point of view.
  • The best political cartoonist can change your mind on an issue without you ever realizing how they did it.
cartoonists persuasive techniques
Cartoonists’ Persuasive Techniques
  • Cartoonists use several methods or techniques to get their point across. Not every cartoon includes all of these techniques, but most political cartoons include at least a few.
  • Some techniques cartoonists use are symbolism, exaggeration, labeling, analogy, and irony.
  • Simple objects or “symbols” to stand for larger concepts
  • Exaggeration – the physical characteristics of people or things in order to make a point.
  • Characteristics seem overdone or blown out of proportion, especially facial characteristics.

Cartoonists label objects or people to make it clear exactly what they stand for.

  • An analogy is a comparison between two unlike things
  • Irony – the difference between the way things should be or the way things are expected to be. Cartoonists often use irony to express their opinion.
once you have identified the persuasive techniques that the cartoonist used ask yourself
Once you have identified the persuasive techniques that the cartoonist used, ask yourself:
  • What issue is this political cartoon about?
  • What is the cartoonist’s opinion on this issue?
  • What other opinion can you imagine another person having on this issue?
  • Did you find this cartoon persuasive? Why or why not?