02 02h Political Cartoon Map

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Political Cartoon Map
Part 1:
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"

Public Domain
Choice B: Imperialism in China, 1890’s

Public Domain
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
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Expressions/Body Language:
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. After successfully killed the elephant or conquered China, the conquerors divided China into pieces and use all of its resources just like how the natives stripped the elephant into the bones.
Text/Titles/Direct Statements:
The title “Shooting an Elephant” not only describes the incident happened in the story, but also a symbolism of colonialism and imperialism.

Text/Titles/Direct Statements:
Both the story and cartoon uses symbolism to reflect authors’ opinion on imperialism. In the story is shooting an elephant, in the cartoon is cutting a pie.
Orwell uses his experience of shooting an elephant as a metaphor for his experience with the institution of colonialism. He writes that the encounter with the elephant gave him insight into “the real motives for which despotic governments act.” Killing the elephant as it peacefully eats grass is indisputably an act of barbarism—one that symbolizes the barbarity of colonialism as a whole. The elephant’s rebelliousness does not justify Orwell’s choice to kill it. Rather, its rampage is a result of a life spent in captivity—Orwell explains that “tame elephants always are [chained up] when their attack of “must” is due.”