Political Cartoon Analysis

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On September 11, 2001, terrorists attacked the United States of America. The terrorists flew two of the planes into two skyscrapers at the World Trade Center in New York City and another plane destroyed part of the Pentagon. For the country it was a massive shock and a big tragedy. Mark Streeter, the political cartoonist drew this for Savannah Morning News that was printed on September 11, 2012 was for those who follow the politics or any one that reads the Savannah Morning News. The cartoon is a remembrance of the 2001 terrorist attack and to commemorate those who died. His cartoon is mocking and also criticizing the current political situation. The two political parties Democratic and Republican, and its’ presidential candidates bicker over everything and are in conflict with each other all the time. They are constantly blaming problems on the other party and criticizing members of the other party. But on the day of 9/11 remembrance, these two parties forgot about their divided opinions and there were no negative campaigns or advertisements against each other that day. Mark Streeter appeals to pathos by using the topic of terrorist attack which was a very big event that would elicit an emotional and a sorrow response from the people. Also, the use of American flag is another appeal to pathos since flag of United States of America is a symbol of patriotism. In the cartoon, the written text is “A Moment of Silent and All Too Rare…Unanimity” which is saying that on this day these leaders united as Americans without bickering. The political parties have a sorrowful look and their heads are bowing down in remembrance of the deceased and the big tragic event. Streeter is trying to express that these political parties for once stopped their bickering on this day, and it also mocks them. The year was 2008 when candidates were running to become the new president of

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