Why is satire used in political cartoons?

People have incorporated humor into important social or political issues for centuries now. Whether through writers, comedians, or artists, satire has made its way into the political arena both to amuse as well as persuade on controversial topics.

What are the benefits of using political cartoons?

Benefits of using political cartoons

  • Give a more personal view of historical events.
  • Provide opportunities to develop critical thinking skills.
  • Encourage building connections to the past.
  • Provide a picture which can be less intimidating than text.
  • Illustrate contemporary attitudes toward key events in history.