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‘How are we feeling today?’ – a British cartoon of early 1945.

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1 ‘How are we feeling today?’ – a British cartoon of early 1945.

2 What is the message of this cartoon?

3 To do this question, you need first to borrow two concepts from English: Denotation (what you see) Connotation (how it affects its audience) ‘How are we feeling today?’ – a British cartoon of early 1945.

4 The world has a bandage round his head and a thermometer in his mouth. The world has been poorly. Denotation Connotation Meaning The world has suffered fascism and six years of war. ‘How are we feeling today?’ – a British cartoon of early 1945.

5 The world has a smile on his face and a glint in his eyes. The world is ‘feeling better’. Denotation Connotation Meaning Hitler and fascism are on the verge of defeat – the war is almost won, and the allies are about to destroy the ‘disease’ of fascism. ‘How are we feeling today?’ – a British cartoon of early 1945.

6 Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin are shown as doctors (note Stalin checking the pulse). Doctors are professional, clever, assured at caring for patients (so ‘Trust me, I’m a doctor’). Denotation Connotation Meaning This is a propaganda cartoon assuring the British people that they can trust the Big Three as they manage the allied war effort. ‘How are we feeling today?’ – a British cartoon of early 1945.

7 Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin are shown as doctors (note Stalin checking the pulse). The fact that they are smiling shows that are happy – and united. Denotation Connotation Meaning The alliance is secure and united. ‘How are we feeling today?’ – a British cartoon of early 1945.

8 Finally, always remember to look at: Origin (who drew it) Date (when it was published) ‘How are we feeling today?’ – a British cartoon of early 1945.

9 Early About the time of the Yalta Conference – a time when the alliance was beginning to strain. Date Details Significance This is not a cartoon showing what was true, but what the British people hoped was true. ‘How are we feeling today?’ – a British cartoon of early 1945.

10 A British cartoon. The British at this time liked ‘Uncle Joe’, and believed they had a ‘special relationship’ with the USA. Origin Details Significance This cartoon both exhibits British hopes for the alliance, and is propaganda to assure them that all was well.


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