This political cartoon was published on Oct. 23, 2012 by the artist Eric Allie. The cartoon represents the Presidential debates between Senator Mitt Romney.
Slide 2 This political cartoon was published on Oct. 23, 2012 by the artist Eric Allie. The cartoon represents the Presidential debates between Senator Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama. Slide 3 Who do you believe is the intended audience of the cartoon? The intended audience would be Republicans and on the fence voters. The cartoon is trying to appeal to those voters who are on the fence to join the Republicans side in the election. Slide 4 How is the Rhetorical Triangle used in this cartoon? PATHOS The artist establishes Pathos by implying that Romney has scored but Obama is getting the credit for the tackle. This strategy enables a sense of anger within those that are in support of Romney which in turn will earn him more votes. Slide 5 How is the Rhetorical Triangle used in this cartoon? ETHOS The artist establishes Ethos by making the candidates more human and more relatable by portraying them as football players rather than politicians. By portraying the debates as a football game, a greater audience will be able to grasp the underlying meaning. Slide 6 How is the Rhetorical Triangle used in this cartoon? LOGOS The artist does not establish a sense of logos. Logos is a logical appeal and since this is a political cartoon, it uses a more opinionated approach. The cartoon does not display any facts other than the date the debates took place in: 2012. Slide 7 What techniques are used in this cartoon? Foreground In the foreground of the cartoon, the author has two football players with the names of the 2012 Presidential Candidates, Obama and Romney, written on the backs of the jerseys. There is also a referee signaling for a touchdown. These items are placed in the foreground to draw attention to them as the main focus. Slide 8 What techniques are used in this cartoon? Background In the background of the cartoon, there is the banner 2012 DEBATES. Sitting behind this banner is a man and a donkey. The donkey is saying Great tackle. These items are placed in the background so that after you analyze the foreground items, the background will explain them. Slide 9 Is there any examples of irony or symbolism in the cartoon? Symbolism In the background of the cartoon, there is a donkey. The donkey is a symbol to represent the Democratic Party. Irony The donkey is saying Great tackle when in fact, Romney technically scored a touchdown. This represents how Romney had technically won the first debate, but Democrats thought Obama should've got the credit. Slide 10 http://furiousdiaper.com/2012/10/23/2012- debates/ WORKS CITED