Marking A Visual Cartoon Analysis

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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
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Some women, women being the target audience, can relate to being denied an opportunity or experiencing some sort of harassment in the workplace due to their gender. Other woman can sympathize with the woman who have experience these things because of the strength and connectedness of the feminist movement. Also, the woman in the cartoon is holding her child’s hand. This scene suggests that the woman is a single mother trying to support her son, which makes viewers sympathetic that the woman cannot get a good job because she does not ‘fit the mold’ of a man. Some male viewers may find this carton annoying and politically incorrect if they believe that women do have equal opportunity. Regardless of the viewpoint, readers should agree that Deutsch’s cartoon effectively portrays a woman’s limiting situation, which can elicit sympathy and empathy from those who view it. Deutsch affectively utilizes ethos and pathos to establish credibility as a cartoonist of feminine issues, and persuades audiences that women face hardships in the work world when competing with the ‘dominant’ …show more content…
The political relevancy and the defeated tone of the cartoon establish the pathos. The intended audience is primarily the members of black community and of the movement; others affected are the police force and Americans in general. African Americans and those who support their rights can relate to the piece because of the frequent racial hostility evident in the news. Even if the black man in the cartoon has done nothing wrong, he defeatedly and fearfully raises his arms in surrender, ‘just in case’. Many people believe that cops, specifically white cops, usually do not have valid reasoning before an altercation with a black man ensues, hence why many news articles are titled along the lines of ‘innocent man is shot by a cop’. Police who view the cartoon would be upset at the negative and violent stigma it creates for law enforcement. Nevertheless, Bennett is able to connect to his audience by using a relevant political topic and a defeated tone to convince viewers of the frustration of black individuals with the police force-related deaths in their

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