Analysis Of Nick Anderson 's ' The Houston Chronicle '

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Climb at Your Own Risk Mental illness can be described using two words, both of which start with the letter ‘I’: Inevitable, and ignored. It is inevitable, because there’s always going to be people born with mental illness, and nearly everyone is guaranteed to know of someone who is affected. It is ignored, because a lot of society passes it off as ‘fake’ or ‘attention seeking’. While this may be true in some cases, there are definitely some cases that are all too real. The fakers are the ones jeopardizing the lives of the individuals truly affected, because this causes others to not take the real cases seriously. In Nick Anderson’s cartoon that appeared in the January 12, 2011 edition of the Houston Chronicle, this is exactly what he is depicting. From the giant, daunting steps leading to the mental health professional, to the blinking, welcoming lights of the gun shop, Anderson is criticizing the accusatory society and government by providing a visual description just how hard it may be for some to get the help they truly need. Upon first glance at the cartoon, it is easy to notice the gigantic set of stairs, as it takes up about half of the total picture. The stairs are a very bright white color, indicating that there is no wear and tear, and that very few or no people have used them recently. Additionally, the over-white color of the stairs seems unwelcoming and off-putting. Anyone who approaches the stairs can’t help but think that there may be a reason why the…
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