Political Cartoon Map
Select one image and write at least three observations to support each decoding category. Write your observations in complete sentences, using proper spelling, grammar, capitalization, and punctuation.
Choice A: "Putting His Foot Down, 1899"
Choice B: Imperialism in China, 1890’s
Indicate Your Selection:
Choice A or Choice B: ___B_______
Five people (represents five nations) is cutting up a pie called Chine (China).
Germany, U.K., Russia and Japan already have their knives or hand on the pie, France has his eyes on it as well.
A stereotypical Qing official throws up his hands to try and stop them, but is powerless. Characters/Personas:
The woman on the left…show more content…
“Shooting an Elephant”
Comparison to Political Cartoon
The narrator shoots an elephant while it is peacefully eating grass.
The narrator decided to shoot the elephant because he realized he will lose face and be humiliated if he does not shoot it.
The elephant resisted.
After the elephant got shot, he still struggled to live, breathing dreadfully but powerless.
It took him half an hour to die. After his death, the natives had “stripped his body almost to the bones.”
Killing the elephant while it is peacefully eating grass symbolized the barbarity of colonialism as a whole. For instance, China was “peacefully eating grass” on its own, until the conquerors invade it and ripped the peace away.
After China got invaded, it still struggled to live. Just like the elephant, the Chinese man in the cartoon is frustrated and making “dreadful noise” hope to stop the conquerors. However, both of them were powerless.
The conquerors divided China into pieces and will use all of its resources just like how the natives stripped the elephant into the bones.
The narrator, a British
China is the elephant. The five nations are the natives that want the elephant killed. The knives they are using represents their military, is also the narrator in the story.
The natives pressured narrator to shoot the elephant.