analyzing editorial cartoons an editorial cartoon, also known as a political cartoon, is an...
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Analyzing Editorial Cartoons
An editorial cartoon, also known as a political cartoon, is an illustration or comic strip containing a political or social message. Editorial cartoons can usually be found on the editorial page of most newspapers, although a few, like Garry Trudeau's Doonesbury are sometimes found on the regular comics page.
Editorial cartoons can be very diverse, but there is a certain established style among most of them. Most editorial cartoons use visual metaphors and caricatures to explain complicated political situations, and thus sum up a current event with a humorous or emotional picture.
Over the years, certain common metaphors and symbols have been repeatedly used by many different cartoonists. Examples include the use of Uncle Sam to represent the United States, John Bull, Britannia or a lion to represent the United Kingdom, a bear to represent Russia, a dragon to represent China, and so forth.
Is this an editorial cartoon?
Does it have a social or political message?
If you sometimes get lost and dont know where to start with editorial cartoons, try breaking down the process into the following steps.
Five Step plan for interpreting Editorial CartoonsStep OneSay what you see.As you look at the cartoon, identify every detail (written as well as drawn)
Step TwoAsk QuestionsPerhaps you dont understand a symbol or acronym, or you simply need more information about the issue at hand
Step ThreeDetermine the target of criticism (or commentary)
Step FourState in a short declarative sentence the cartoonists opinionThis will lead to the thesis statement
Step FiveDecide whether you agree or disagree with the cartoonist. Evaluate the merits of this viewpoint and analyze your own position.Can you support your position with research findings?If this cartoon addresses a topic of interest to you, begin gathering data now!
How many of the five steps do you remember?Quiz Time!
Five step plan for interpreting editorial cartoonsStep OneSay what you seeStep TwoAsk questionsStep ThreeDetermine the target of criticismStep FourState in a short declarative sentence the cartoonists opinionStep FiveDecide whether you agree or disagree with the cartoonist.
More practiceSee if you can do the next five on your own or with a partner. Write a sentence describing the cartoonists opinion for each cartoon.
BonusWhat historical event inspired this cartoon? Name the pieces of the puzzle.
http://www.longleaf.net/newsroom101/http://www.cagle.comhttp://wikipedia.org/Special thanks to Mrs. Patty Des Rochers for the tips on analyzing cartoons!