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Before you begin to write your interpretation you should do a short brainstorming and ask yourself the following questions:
- Which associations does the cartoon evoke?
- What background knowledge do I have about this topic?
- Have we already discussed similar cartoons in class?
- Is the given cartoon rather similar to or different from those cartoons?
In the next step you should analyse whether your ideas / associations fit the context, the speech / thought bubble(s) and the caption.
Do NOT begin by just describing the cartoon (“In the cartoon you can see …”). Pure description leads to unnecessary repetition.
Your first sentence must describe the MESSAGE of the cartoon. Most cartoons make fun of and / or criticize people (e.g. politicians), current events and / or fashions. Make clear that you give your personal opinion. A safe beginning is: In my opinion the cartoon is supposed to …
Mention ALL details that contribute to the message. Do NOT mention details that are not related to the overall meaning. Use the present progressive for activity verbs (“The man is smiling because …”).
Falls du nicht weißt was ID / Intelligent Design bedeutet, musst du erst mal den Anfang dieses Wikipedia Artikels lesen, sonst kapierst du überhaupt nichts.
In my opinion the cartoon is supposed to poke fun at the defeat of “Intelligent Design” in court. The cartoon alludes to the famous scene in “King Kong” when the giant ape has climbed the Empire State Building and defends himself against the attacking planes. The ape, who symbolizes Darwin’s theory of evolution, is grinning because together with a smiling “Justitia”, who represents the courts, he has defeated “Intelligent Design”. The speech bubble humorously conveys the close connection between the court and the theory of evolution, i.e. the courts have decided in favour of evolution and against ID.