What is the message of this cartoon?
In this cartoon, David Low wants to show that the pact between Hitler and Stalin was a marriage of convenience. What he means is that the two dictators, who at the time were both sworn enemies, signed this pact to help each other and ease their way of ruling. Hitler signed it to keep England from attacking him and get them more focused on U.S.S.R’s actions. This shows that Hitler didn’t sign this agreement to get friendly with the U.S.S.R which is why it is a marriage of convenience. Stalin signed it to get more time to build up his army because he knew Hitler would turn his back on him and attack him later. This again shows the effect of a marriage of convenience because Stalin didn’t sign this pact to get allied with Hitler which shows it is a fake “marriage”. The body postures show a lot in the meaning of this cartoon. We can see that both dictators have guns in their holsters. This could signify that David Low wants to show that both tyrants were ready to attack each other at any moment. Their posture is extremely exaggerated in the way they greet. It looks like they are pretending to be friends. And what they say to each other isn’t really a polite way to greet each other. It looks like a meeting between two enemies who promised to not argue or fight again and that try to act like they are friends. The body in the middle could probably signify Poland which is the only country standing between them. The body is dead and lying on the ground because they are both fighting for it. Overall, what David Low wants to say through this cartoon is, that Hitler and Stalin did this pact for their own good and not to help each other which makes it a “fake” pact therefore not an official alliance pact.
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