Analysis of Political Cartoon

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Assignment Two:
Analysis of Political/ Editorial Cartoons

Cartoon One: Coalition of the Drilling.

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Leahy, S. (2010) Coalition of the drilling. Retrieved 28th May 2010, http://www.news.com.au/couriermail

Context: the context in which this article is placed is one that is well situated within today’s political and economic standings. Within the world today there is much talk about the war in Iraq and the world’s oil reserves. This cartoon looks at the very serious issue of the war in Iraq along with the world’s oil reserves and the relationship between the former US President George W. Bush and Australia’s Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. The issue that Sean Leahy is addressing in this cartoon is the recent decision by Kevin Rudd to withdraw the Australia’s troops from Iraq and by doing so he is leaving President Bush ‘out in the cold’. With the representation of President Bush being there alone it reflects a majority feeling towards Bush that he did in fact make the wrong decision in going to Iraq in the first place. The world’s media for the last five- six years has been fixated on these kinds of stories it is hard to find a news paper in the country that would not have at least on news story about the Iraq war, so although this theme for the cartoon is an old one it is still relevant to this day and for many more years to come.

Analysis: the text that is used within these cartoons is short and straight to the point, yet it is vague in terms of what it is trying to say. “I’d like to thank all my friends…” Bush, “Bye, George!” Rudd, although these words are short they say a lot. For example by including these words along with the illustration that comes with the cartoon the author is able to expressing the view that he is trying to get across which is the fact that although Bush is trying to express the fact that he has allies in the war in Iraq yet with the recent withdraw of Australian troops by Rudd his allied forces are becoming smaller and...
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