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Political Cartoon 6

Posted in Uncategorized by jmac90 on May 5, 2010

-Nick Anderson(middle)

This cartoon is an interesting one indeed. It is an illustration that portrays a patriotic fellow, representing America, falling upon the destruction of Haiti and a newspaper article. He has a shocked look on his face from the headline which states, “What does it take for the world to notice us?” I picked this particular cartoon because I do not necessarily agree with it. I think its trying to depict that America would feel guilty if they had not have helped with the crisis. Another problem with this cartoon is the headline itself. It gives me the implication that this crisis was self-induced by a cry for attention, and we know that this is not the case here.

America should not feel obligated to other nations in times of crisis, rather they should be helpful and caring unconditionally. Haiti is one of the most poverty-stricken countries on Earth, and I see how Anderson is trying to express that notion here. He is trying to walk in Haiti’s shoes and say, “Oh now you’re going to help?!” Another interesting observation I made is that the debris and rubble of Haiti in this picture is quite similar to the the remains of the World Trade Center. This serves as a tool for sympathy and that America should feel their pain. The article on the newspaper is directed towards the world,as stated, but America is the only personification present in the picture. This expresses the notion that America took the most initiative in this catastrophe and that they did it out of pity.I don’t think Anderson was right in this cartoon because it is directed towards America and not the world as the newspaper headline states.This cartoon discusses the ongoing dilemma in Haiti and if fortunate countries will help them after the earthquake jive subsides.


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