Describing a cartoon:

Cartoons consist of a humorously exaggerated drawing and mostly a short text (caption/punchline), which gives the drawing a certain perspective. In addition to the actual description (What do you see?), the main focus is on interpretation (What is the cartoon about?).

Here are some phrases that might help you:

  • The author of the cartoon wants to tell us that …
  • The cartoon expresses that… 
  • After having studied the cartoon in detail, I think it is supposed to show … 
  • On the whole, the cartoon comments on the … 
  • This symbol gives us some additional information about… 
  • The eagle symbolizes power, but also aggression. 
  • But it could also be interpreted as a symbol of aggression. 
  • The cartoon shows a caricature of the American president. 
  • The features of his face are grossly exaggerated. 
  • The whole depiction (Darstellung) is quite exaggerated. 
  • This makes the president look like a dangerous animal/very aggressive. 
  • This might have a certain purpose. Perhaps the author wants to show us that… 
  • The punchline consists of a statement saying that… 
  • The punchline consists of two lines of direct speech. This clearly shows that 
  • Of course it is ironic when it says in the punchline that… 
  • This punchline carries a double meaning. 
  • The caption is not supposed to be taken literally (wortwörtlich). 

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