-Start by listing what is in the cartoon. Describe in detail the things
you list. This is what you see literally. There should be no reading
into what meaning is contained in the cartoon.
-Next look for words that are in the picture.
literal assessment, look for symbolic meaning in the
cartoon. Look to see how objects in the cartoon are interacting. Are
there relationships? Think about why the author of the cartoon would
position the objects as they are.
List what you see in this cartoon.
2. What relationships exist between the woman, man and child? Is the
child important to the woman? Is the pilot important to the woman? How
can you tell?
3. Why is the woman holding the child up to the man?
4. Who “had never been kissed so much”?
5. What is the cartoonist saying about the feelings of whites towards
African American pilots? How can you tell?
6. What do you think the pilot is thinking?
1. List what
you see in this cartoon. 2. What do
the two birds represent? 3. Why is
one bird flying and the other bird watching? 4. Why did
the cartoonist choose birds? What is the symbolism? 5. What does
the quote “Good hunting, son, - you’re on your own now!!”
mean? 6. How does
the air force (primarily white at this time) feel about
Africans in the military? How does the government feel? How can you
tell? 7. What is
the cartoonist’s point of view on this situation?
1. List what
you see in this cartoon. 2. Who/what
does the eagle represent in this cartoon? And the crow? 3. How has
the cartoonist portrayed the feelings of the crow and eagle? 4. What are
the implications of “Jim Crow” sitting on the top of the
flag? 5. What does
this cartoon say about laws in the United States? 6. How do
those laws interact with African American pilots in Tuskegee?