Rhetorical Analysis of Political Cartoon

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Fear Over Privacy Security is supreme for the development of any nation. Today we are living in a world where security is increasingly being threatened by terrorists across the globe. The National Security Agency (NSA) working for privacy protection now has become a threat to American citizens. NSA is keeping track of every American’s internet use, activities, and phone calls which is the violation of fourth amendment, Right of Privacy, of US constitution. Varvel is against this and uses privacy as main theme of his cartoon. In the political cartoon, Gary Varvel uses various rhetorical strategies to express his opinion that interfering with people’s privacy is wrong. Cartoonist, Gary Varel, appeals to logos persuading the readers against NSA’s work as there will be one day when people’s private information will be revealed through media. He appeals to ethos by displaying irony of the situation i.e. the guy with the newspaper is shocked to see the news about his children in TV and he appeals to ethos by drawing viewer’s attention towards NSA’s work. His targeted audience are the US citizens, people like us. Varvel uses Aristotle’s all three appeals, images and texts to show the citizens how NSA working against global terrorism and for protection of people has now become a threat to us and our privacy. “I think it’s important to understand that you can’t have 100 percent security and then have 100 percent privacy and zero inconvenience. We are going to have make some choices as a society.” (Barack Obama) President Obama’s words are agreeable but we can’t ignore the fact that people’s privacy is not optional. Varel uses three figures, a guy with a newspaper, a cat and a television. Talking about the newspaper the guy is holding, it is full of NSA and FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) news. The headlines of the paper says: NSA spying on Americans, FBI uses drones

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