Analysis Of Marking A Visual Argument By Clay Bennett

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CARTOONS: AN ARGUMENT WITHOUT WORDS
Rhetorical pieces convey powerful and persuasive messages in various textual or visual mediums. Two cartoons in “Marking A Visual Argument: Cartoons and Stereotypes” portray strong stances about social injustices. In the work by Barry Deutsch, a woman on the street sees an opportunity for a great job, but can only enter the building if she is a man, demonstrating the lack of equal opportunity in the workplace. Meanwhile, the cartoon by Clay Bennett acknowledges racial prejudice sometimes present in law enforcement, as a black man is seen raising his hands as a cop car simply drives in front of him. Both works, although representing different topics, are rhetorically effective to persuade their target audiences of inequality in society. The first cartoon conveys the message of gender inequality in the workplace. The woman
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Clay Bennett illustrates a black man standing with his arms raised as a police car simply passes by the bus stop, while the other white individuals do not even notice. This scene evokes a sense of unease against the black community and the police force. Appearing during the early period of the Black Lives Matter movement, the drawing responds to the shooting of unarmed Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer in 2014. Many debate on whether or not the police officer had reason to shoot Brown, or if the incident was an encounter based on racism (Bosman and Fitzsimmons). Although the times of the Civil War are over, racial issues are becoming more and more prominent with every news article and protest today. The black community believes the police force is quick to pull the trigger on African Americans who are stereotyped to live lives of crime. Clay Bennett is able to depict both sides of the Black Lives Matter movement in his cartoon, while ascertaining ethos and

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