Writing Assignment: Comic
Strip or Political Cartoon Analysis
You are required to submit the
FINAL copy of this assignment, but you may first submit an optional DRAFT. This
will allow you to receive qualitative feedback that can inform your revision.
You should always avoid focusing solely on the grader’s DRAFT feedback; use the
feedback as a supplement to the course lessons and your own revision ideas.
Always expect to revise beyond what the DRAFT grader specifically notes.
You have two
options for this assignment:
Option #1: Analysis of an
Individual Comic Strip or Political Cartoon
one comic strip or political cartoon.If you
visit the website of a newspaper such asTheBaltimore
Sun, The New York Times, The Washington
Post, etc., you should be able to searchfor comic strips or
political cartoons easily.
techniques does the creator of the comic strip use? How does the creator make
his/her point in the comic strip? What do we learn about the characters and/or
ourselves from this comic strip or political cartoon? If colors are available,
what do they tell us about this comic or cartoon? What language is used and how
can that be interpreted?
importantly, which of the key terms from the topic lesson can you
discuss in your analysis? For example, how do elements of imagery, symbolism,
metaphor, and/or irony help reveal the cartoon’s message?
with all academic essays you write in this course, this essay should have a
well-defined introduction with a thesis statement, body, and conclusion.
essence, what are some of the physical elements present in the cartoon1—characters,
text, colors, etc., along with figurative elements such as metaphor and
symbolism, that help to explain the cartoon’s message? It can be
helpful to focus on a single element in thecartoon in its own body
paragraph (include the element in the topic sentence and in the thesis) and
describe how it portrays the cartoon’s message before moving to the next
cartoon feature in a new paragraph.
Thesis Statement:“John Smith uses (add one element
from the cartoon), (add asecond element from the cartoon), and (add a
third element from the cartoon) to show (add the cartoon’s message).”
Option #2: Analysis of
Multiple Comic Strips or Political Cartoons
1 A successful
analysis will go beyond the obvious, literal elements of the cartoon and will
analyze figurative elements, too. Use the course topic lessons to inform your
two political cartoons or comic strips created by the same person. Which
techniques does the creator of the political cartoons use? How does the creator
make his/her point in the political cartoons? Which characters, if any, are
present in both political cartoons? What do we learn about the characters
and/or ourselves from these political cartoons? How does the language transmit
the creator’s message? Using a comparison or contrast mode of development,
draw conclusions about the techniques the author uses in the politicalcartoons
and how they apply to our lives. As with all academic essays you write in this
course, this essay should have a well-defined introduction with a thesis
statement, body, and conclusion.
Use the point by point or
subject by subject structure to compare and contrast about three to five
elements found in the cartoons that help to explain how they apply to our lives
or to a message present in today’s society. After you compare and contrast in
each paragraph, be sure to explain the message those elements and the cartoons
help to depict.
Sample Thesis Statement:“John Smith’s cartoon strips
Cartoon 1andCartoon 2use (add oneelement
from the cartoon), (add a second element from the cartoon), and (add a third
element from the cartoon) to explain (add the cartoons’ message).”
Be sure to document the
cartoon or comic strip on a Works Cited page. Please visit the following
source for citing an electronic image: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/
for this assignment are as follows:
assignment should be at least 500 words.
Include a header in the upper left-hand corner of your writing assignment with
Your first and last name
Course Title (Composition II)
Assignment name (i.e, Cartoon
MLA-style source documentation and Works Cited2
Your last name and page number in
the upper-right corner of each page
resource may be helpful as you are making MLA formatting decisions: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/
Standard font (TimesNewRoman, Calibri)
Title, centered after heading
1” margins on all sides
Save the file using one of the
following extensions: .docx, .doc, .rtf, or .txt
thesis statement in the introductory paragraph.