IB DP Language A Language and Literature – sample text analysis – Putin / Ukraine cartoon

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Text: Horsey, David. “Putin.” The Seattle Times. April 2022. Available at https://www.syracuse.com/opinion/2022/02/editorial-cartoons-for-feb-20-2022-putin-surrounds-ukraine-olympic-skating-scandal-canada-protests.html

Some elements of this text to consider:

  • The chess match as a metaphor for the invasion. The metaphor works up until a certain point if you want to nitpick details – Ukraine as the white pieces indicated that Ukraine moved first whereas the invasion was Russia’s fault.
  • The use of white / black piece to differentiate between good (Ukraine) and evil (Putin / Russia).
  • The exaggerated certain defeat that Ukraine faces on the chessboard and how this contrasts with real situation where Russia has suffered heavy losses
  • How the speech bubble works with the look on Putin’s face to depict him as cold, cruel, bloodthirsty, etc.

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