Mr. Stalin revolutionizes the drama

Herb Block, published in 1939

Cartoon Analysis

  • Speaker: Herb Block

  • Subject: Stalin wants to attack Finland because of his suspicion of their anti-communist policies (around World War 2)

  • Audience: American public

  • Context: Outbreak of World War 2 led to increased tension between countries in the surrounding region

  • Symbolism: Russia represents strong intimidating man bullying the weak, innocent, woman (Finland)

  • Labeling: Block labels the man Russia and the woman Finland

  • Purpose: To inform the American public of the impending war