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    Sample Cartoon Analysis eng

    مُساهمة من طرف TITOBASHA في الجمعة أكتوبر 29, 2010 1:09 am

    Sample Cartoon Analysis

    Along with the development the world is making one day after another, there appear many negative human tendencies that shape the other side of the coin. One of these tendencies or attitudes comes in the form of corruption. Corruption is abuse is of wealth or status to reach a certain end. This corruption comes in many forms and can be detected at all levels, even at the level of policeman themselves. The media is known to play quite a significant role in raising people’s awareness of such issues, and thus in uprooting them for the welfare of the society. One very smart media product that tackles serious situations in an ironical way is cartoons; the two cartoons under comparison are just two examples. The ‘Cop Shop’ cartoon shows a car parked next to a police station and a stout policeman standing in front of a shop window. The shop is called “Cop Shop” and displays a number of commodities with daring signs that can be read by all passers-by. While in the ‘Police Station’ cartoon, both the cop and the thief are chatting in a relaxed manner. There are no prison bars, the thief is not cuffed, no guards are around and the thief is obviously not being questioned. Yet, he appears to be carefully listening to the offer given by the cop. Although both cartoons insinuate that corruption is what police work is all about, the ‘Cop Shop’ cartoon is more effective due to the smarter usage of persuasive techniques like irony, labeling and exaggeration.

    Both cartoonists use irony to draw the readers’ attention to shamelessness of policemen. Irony by definition is the difference between the way things are and the way things should be. In the ‘Cop Shop’ cartoon, the fact that the shop is opposite a police station suggests that whereas police officers should be in charge of stopping illegal activities, and thus protecting their own country, they are not exerting the least effort to hide their own underhand activities. The 50% discount is another example of irony. It gives an impression of the sad reality that corruption has become so common that it goes on sale like any other everyday commodity. As for the ‘Police Station’ cartoon, the fact that the cop is sitting next to the thief suggests that the sort of friendly relation is taking place instead of the usual arresting procedure. As for the verbal irony, the corrupted cop reveals his greed & corruption when he asks bluntly for a bribe when he says “Give me half of what you stole & I’ll let you go”. The whole setting reveals another form of corruption which is blackmail which is obviously a frequent routine. In addition to this, thieves who are supposed to be convicted for their crimes are given the alternatives of bribery in return for their freedom. The ironic images portrayed in both cartoons send almost cartoons send almost the same message that nowadays policemen corruption has become the norm.



    Both cartoonists have effectively used labeling. In the ‘Cop Shop’ cartoon, the cartoonist has intentionally labeled the items on sale. One sign reads “Witness for Hire”, a second one reads “Finger print Transfers”, while the third offer is “50% off for fake evidence!” “Plant Now for Spring” suggests that one can plant evidence well in advance of committing a crime so that it blooms in season. In the ‘Police Station Cartoon’, the cartoonist’s comment in the label underneath the cartoon shows that this situation is constantly taking place each time a thief is driven to the police station by using the words “Old” and “Routine”. Also the contrast between “Old” and “Good” is an ironic label that suggests that the cop is badly corrupted, in the meantime he is good at blackmailing since he has been practicing this for years. Thus labeling in both cartoons strengthen the message the cartoonists are sending.





    The cartoonist uses another effective technique which is exaggeration. Exaggeration is defined as overdoing physical characteristics of people or objects in order to make a point. This technique is only used in the ‘Cop Shop’ cartoon as the officer’s head is too small to his body. This could be interpreted to mean that cops do not only lack a conscience but also brains. The extremely fat boy stands for both greed, laziness and a lax attitude. His slouchy posture adds to the sloppy impression he gives. The fact that the policeman stands casually window shopping in front of the store, unmoved by the nature of its products, further suggests a lax attitude and an indifference to the law.

    In the ‘Cop Shop’ cartoon, the clever application of the three persuasive techniques sends an alarming message that discredits the police, revealing the fact that the police corruption is a widespread phenomenon. This requires implementation of tough laws before people completely lose trust in one of the institutions most responsible for justice, safety and security. In Both cartoons the signs, representation of the policemen and the setting all discredit the police sending the message that police corruption is a widespread phenomena. But, the Cop Shop cartoon succeeded in conveying the message more effectively due to the usage of Irony, Labeling and Exaggeration.







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