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In this cartoon of 1935 in the British magazine Punch, Britain and France condemn Mussolini’s invasion of Abyssinia, but all they threaten is a memorandum.

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1 In this cartoon of 1935 in the British magazine Punch, Britain and France condemn Mussolini’s invasion of Abyssinia, but all they threaten is a memorandum suggesting a mild disapproval. A song accompanies the cartoon: ‘We don’t want you to fight, but by jingo if you do, We will probably issue a joint memorandum Suggesting a mild disapproval of you.’

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) In this cartoon of 1935 in the British magazine Punch, Britain and France condemn Mussolini’s invasion of Abyssinia, but all they threaten is a memorandum suggesting a mild disapproval. A song accompanies the cartoon: ‘We don’t want you to fight, but by jingo if you do, We will probably issue a joint memorandum Suggesting a mild disapproval of you.’

4 Mussolini is holding a paper saying ‘Abyssinian Dispute’. ‘Holding’ = wanting to acquire. Denotation Connotation Meaning Italy has invaded Abyssinia. In this cartoon of 1935 in the British magazine Punch, Britain and France condemn Mussolini’s invasion of Abyssinia, but all they threaten is a memorandum suggesting a mild disapproval. A song accompanies the cartoon: ‘We don’t want you to fight, but by jingo if you do, We will probably issue a joint memorandum Suggesting a mild disapproval of you.’

5 Figures representing France and Britain wag a finger at Mussolini. Wagging a finger represents condemnation. Denotation Connotation Meaning Mussolini is behaving badly, and the League condemns him. In this cartoon of 1935 in the British magazine Punch, Britain and France condemn Mussolini’s invasion of Abyssinia, but all they threaten is a memorandum suggesting a mild disapproval. A song accompanies the cartoon: ‘We don’t want you to fight, but by jingo if you do, We will probably issue a joint memorandum Suggesting a mild disapproval of you.’

6 In this cartoon of 1935 in the British magazine Punch, Britain and France condemn Mussolini’s invasion of Abyssinia, but all they threaten is a memorandum suggesting a mild disapproval. All they are threatening in their song is issuing a worthless memorandum. The reprimand is worse than useless – Britain and France appear scared of Mussolini. Denotation Connotation Meaning The League is not taking effective action. A song accompanies the cartoon: ‘We don’t want you to fight, but by jingo if you do, We will probably issue a joint memorandum Suggesting a mild disapproval of you.’

7 A song accompanies the cartoon: ‘We don’t want you to fight, but by jingo if you do, We will probably issue a joint memorandum Suggesting a mild disapproval of you.’ In this cartoon of 1935 in the British magazine Punch, Britain and France condemn Mussolini’s invasion of Abyssinia, but all they threaten is a memorandum suggesting a mild disapproval. The song threatens only ‘a joint memorandum’ and ‘mild disapproval’. The 19 th century song it parodies threatened war: ‘We've got the ships, we've got the men, we've got the money too'. Denotation Connotation Meaning Britain is a pale shadow of the world power it used to be.

8 In this cartoon of 1935 in the British magazine Punch, Britain and France condemn Mussolini’s invasion of Abyssinia, but all they threaten is a memorandum suggesting a mild disapproval. Britain and France are dressed as if for a Music Hall show. Music Hall – amusing, but trivial and ridiculous. Denotation Connotation Meaning Britain and France have reduced the League to a farce. A song accompanies the cartoon: ‘We don’t want you to fight, but by jingo if you do, We will probably issue a joint memorandum Suggesting a mild disapproval of you.’

9 Finally, always remember to look at: Origin (who drew it) Date (when it was published) In this cartoon of 1935 in the British magazine Punch, Britain and France condemn Mussolini’s invasion of Abyssinia, but all they threaten is a memorandum suggesting a mild disapproval. A song accompanies the cartoon: ‘We don’t want you to fight, but by jingo if you do, We will probably issue a joint memorandum Suggesting a mild disapproval of you.’

10 In this cartoon of 1935 in the British magazine Punch, Britain and France condemn Mussolini’s invasion of Abyssinia, but all they threaten is a memorandum suggesting a mild disapproval. The British magazine Punch. A British humorous/political magazine. Origin Details Significance The cartoon echoes the British public’s growing despair at the League’s failure to take action against aggressor nations. A song accompanies the cartoon: ‘We don’t want you to fight, but by jingo if you do, We will probably issue a joint memorandum Suggesting a mild disapproval of you.’

11 In this cartoon of 1935 in the British magazine Punch, Britain and France condemn Mussolini’s invasion of Abyssinia, but all they threaten is a memorandum suggesting a mild disapproval At the start of the crisis. Date Details Significance The cartoon forecasts the League’s failure – people had already lost faith in the League. A song accompanies the cartoon: ‘We don’t want you to fight, but by jingo if you do, We will probably issue a joint memorandum Suggesting a mild disapproval of you.’


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