Political Cartoon Analysis

by Christian Garcia & Omar Khan

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"And we pray that you sinners out there will see the light"

May 3, 1987

Exploitation through Religion

During this time period, several televangelists, or preachers, were exposed for their misconduct and blatant extortion of money from those who were willing to give for the love of their God.

Techniques
Symbolism

  • The preacher on the television represents religion in the media (the "t" also looks like a cross)
Exaggeration
  • Old lady in a rocking chair, pulling loads of money out of her wallet.
Labeling
  • The message on the television clearly says "SEND MONEY NOW".
Purpose


In this cartoon the author is trying to inform readers about the corruption within the church for which religious followers are blindly giving money and allegiance to a cause that may be misleading or downright fake

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"Just Gunsmoke- For A Moment I Thought Somebody Somewhere Might Be Burning A Flag"

March 29, 2000



Government Involvement in Irrelevant Issues

During this time, congress was proposing legal repercussions for the mistreatment of the United States flag, while continuing to ignore proposals for gun purchasing restrictions.

Techniques

Symbolism

  • The gun on the side-table represents the common use of guns within American households without much screening to obtain it.
Exaggeration

  • A member of Congress wouldn't actually care more about the flag over a possible crime taking place under their nose.
Labeling

  • The plaque labels the man a member of the U.S. Congress, a person of whom the cartoon aims to ridicule.
Purpose

In this cartoon, the author wanted to expose the government for their ignorance for issues that actually matters. He must feel that the government needs to concern itself with issues that are more important to society.



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"Dick And Dad Will Tell Me All I Need To Know"

July 27, 2000


Inexperience of President George W. Bush

During this time, President George W. Bush picked Cheney as his running mate and caused much speculation over the decision. Cheney's extensive political experience completely overshadowed Bush.

Techniques

Symbolism

  • The globe could represent the world Bush will have much control over when he wins the office. His casual stance reflects his approach to world affairs and the position of president.
Exaggeration

  • The likeness of Bush in this cartoon contains a large upper lip which is crucial in his identification but could also represent an aloof nature in his personality.
Labeling

  • The banner in the background shows the unification of resident and vice-president
  • Cheney's GOP pin means the "Grand Old Party" (the Republican party).
Analogy

  • The stance of each politician showcases a contrast between the two men in terms of experience.
Purpose

The author intended to defame Bush in this cartoon. He believes that Bush made a weird decision in running m,ate and will probably end up relying on his counsel to make decisions due to his lack of experience.