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Political Cartoon Analysis: Hayworth the Bear

Analyze the cartoon below in terms of its meaning related to the Texas v. Johnson 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 items on the list from Question 1 are symbols? What does each stand for?
  3. Who do you think JD Hayworth is? What are his views on the anti-flag burning amendment? If you're still not sure, look for his name in this congressional vote count.
  4. What is happening in the cartoon?
  5. What is the cartoonist's message? Does he agree or disagree with JD Hayworth? In your opinion, how does he feel about the ruling in Texas v. Johnson?
  6. Do you agree or disagree with the cartoonist's message? Explain your answer.

 

The Arizona Republic. June 1995. 

 

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