In this activity, we’ll guide you through the kinds of questions you could ask to explore a cartoon in depth. Our example cartoon is this one drawn for the Ministry of Information in 1944 by Reginald Mount, a British cartoonist.
In the video we take you through the potential answers to useful questions to ask about a cartoon. Here are some questions, try answering them yourself before watching the video!
- What type of source is this?
- Who produced it?
- When was it produced?
- What can we infer from this cartoon?
- How does the cartoon relate to a historical situation?
- What techniques of persuasion does the cartoon use to give its message?
- Are there any clues about the audience of the cartoon?
- How reliable is the cartoon? Does it have any limitations?
- How does it relate to other sources from this period? Does it share the same ideas or attitudes?