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