Political Cartoon Review

Political Cartoon Review

Rhetorical Comic Analysis – Four More Years ...of Gridlock
Michael Cannon
ECPI University

Abstract
This is a rhetorical analysis paper on a political cartoon called “Four more years …of Gridlock” drawn by Patrick Chappette for the “International Herald Tribune.” It depicts both the reaction of the re-election of President Obama, as well as the realistic reaction of the G.O.P. on their stance of congress still being at a political gridlock. There has been much conversation in the political world if progress can truly be made in Congress between the Democratic Party and the G.O.P. or the Republican Party. This paper breaks down both the Democratic and Republican side of the cartoon, than my opinion on the cartoon as a whole and what message the artist Chappette is trying to send to his audience.

Rhetorical Analysis: Four More Years ..of Gridlock
Figure 1. A cartoon by Patrick Chappatte about the re-election of President Obama and the thoughts of G.O.P. on his re-election. Source: http://ideas.time.com/2012/11/08/cartoons-of-the-week-november-2-9/photo/cartoon
Figure 1. A cartoon by Patrick Chappatte about the re-election of President Obama and the thoughts of G.O.P. on his re-election. Source: http://ideas.time.com/2012/11/08/cartoons-of-the-week-november-2-9/photo/cartoon
The 2012 presidential election was nothing short of interesting. The controversy behind everything the candidates did was unbelievable, and in turn, this created the opportunity for a multitude of divisive, yet hilarious, political cartoons. I can honestly say I am not a big person on politics, nor will I act like one throughout this paper, however, for this specific assignment, I will analyze one political cartoon that sums up the feeling of both political parties at the end of the election. Patrick Chappatte in the “International Herald Tribune” drew the political cartoon “Four More Years!! …of Gridlock” (see Fig. 1) which shows the feelings of both parties after President Obama...

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