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AnalyzingPolitical Cartoons



AnalyzingPolitical Cartoons

Cartoonsare two-dimensional drawings or paintings used by the cartoonist topass a message of humor or satire. Cartoons are always used to pass ahidden message. In the 1890s the political cartoons were used by themedia to either criticize the government or the running of theeconomy. The mannerism was commonly used as a part of yellowjournalism where the press had cartoons in front pages of theirpublication. The picture the ‘School begins’ is a politicalcartoon that passes a hidden message about the USA civilization. Theanimation was created by Dalrymple, Louis and Published by Keppler &ampSchwartzman, 1899 January 25.

Thecartoon is a chromolithographic print that shows a situation in aclassroom. It shows a teacher upended behind a desk in forward-facinghis students. On the teacher’s desk, there is a book titled ‘USfirst lesson in self-government.` Some students sitting close to himwho seem miserable have labels on them (Conklin and Wendy, 2015).They are labeled Cuba, Philippines, Porto, Hawaii, and Rico. Thebackside of the class portrays students holding books markedCalifornia, Texas, New Mexico, Alaska, and Arizona. At the entrance,there is a boy who wants to get in the class but seems undecided.Close to the class exit sits a student with a book labeled ABCD whichis held upside down (Conklin and Wendy, 2015).

Thecartoon school begin pursues to elucidate how US government decidedto bring refinement to new territories by accepting to incorporateother nation to its own. In the picture, there are many statespresent in the class, but all don’t seem to be paying devotion towhat the teacher is teaching (Conklin and Wendy, 2015). It showsthat all the people present in the US government are not all giventhe same part in bringing about the civilization. For instance, fromthe painting, there is an African American present in the class buthis work is not being taught but washing the windows. The one at thedoor shows of the states wanting to join the coalition that willbring civilization but seems excepted or not decided whether to joinor to remain out. In the class, there are some who are very close tothe teacher but not happy of what is being taught. This representsthe states that are the close allies but don’t agree with thegovernment (Conklin and Wendy, 2015). The group that is sited behindon their own bring the picture of those are the part but don’t takepart in any of the state proceedings just members but on their own.The cartoon raises an issue of members in the Unites States all don’tplay the same role in the administration of the state affairs. Theblacks are participants by doing the labor-intensive jobs (Conklinand Wendy, 2015).

Thecartoon clearly can be used to describe the Spanish-American war. Thewar was as a result of Cuban struggle for independence from theSpanish. The USA took sides with the oppressed this made Spaindeclare war on us. From the depiction, the members close to theteacher represents the oppressed and those who directly suffered fromthe war (“School Begins. Interpretation of Political Cartoons. TheStruggle for Puerto Rican Autonomy,”). The cluster that is at theback represents those nations that were the part of the war but didnot support or were not directly involved in the war. The black onthe window signifies the African countries that were not part of thewar but were also affected by being used as laborers. The on outsiderepresented the Chinese nations that did not take part but weredistance sympathizers. The analysis of the picture changed theperspective at what the cartoon can be viewed. Cartoon thus can beused to pass the different message and needs thorough analysis forone to understand (“School Begins. Interpretation of PoliticalCartoons. The Struggle for Puerto Rican Autonomy,”).


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