Political Cartoon Project

John Evanich and Rebecca Weingartner 4A

Cartoon 62: "What do they expect us to do -- listen to the kids pray at home?"

Publisher- The Washington Post


Year - 1963


Subject - Separation of church and state


Context- 1963 Supreme Court decision to ban praying in school


Techniques

1. Labeling - the newspaper article is labeled to emphasize the purpose and the context

2. Irony - The father's question "What.." is ironic because what he asking is what JFK expects families to do


Purpose - to display the views of a religious parent on the ban of religious practices from schools

Cartoon 91: "Except for those of us who are above it"

Publisher- The Washington Post


Year- 1977


Subject- US District Court, CIA and FBI


Context- A CIA head went under trial for failing to fully report a situation, and the CIA and FBI were questioned on how much they should keep citizens under surveillance


Techniques

1. Symbolism- the courthouse represents the law, and showing the CIS and FBI agents sitting on top of it symbolizes how they have special privileges

2. Exaggeration- large labels, emphasizing and exaggerating the men's position and prominence in the government


Purpose- to represent the double standards under which the government has been functioning


Cartoon 120: "Kids these days! Craziness in schools, movies, and video games- terrible! Here, try this dandy!"

Publisher- The Washington Post


Year- 1999


Subject- aftermath of the Columbine High School shooting


Context- the Columbine shooting occurred after other firearm incidents in the US. This cartoon discusses how much children are exposed to guns and how easy they are to access


Techniques

1. Labeling- "Guns" is labeled multiple times in a large font to emphasize the focus placed on them

2. Exaggeration- the size of the handguns is largely exaggerated to show how dangerous they can be, but how accessible they are

3. Irony- the men are talking about how children are exposed to guns and violence through school and media, yet they are playing with firearms for fun


Purpose- the show the hypocrisy of adults who believe that children only get negative influences from the media