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Political Cartoon Analysis

Directions

Analyze the cartoon below in terms of its meaning related to the Gideon v. Wainwright case. Answering the following questions will help you correctly interpret the cartoon's meaning.

  1. What do you see in the cartoon? Make a list. Include objects, people, and any characteristics that seem to be exaggerated. 
  2. Which of the things on the list from Question 1 are symbols? What does each stand for? 
  3. What is happening in the cartoon? 
  4. What is the cartoonist's message? Does he or she think that the decision in Gideon v. Wainwright has resulted in fair representation for poor defendants? Do you agree or disagree with the message? Explain your answer.

Source: Monk, Linda R. The Bill Of Rights: A User's Guide. Close-Up Publishing: 1991. p. 152.

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