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A song accompanies the cartoon:

‘We don’t want you to fight,
 
but by jingo if you do,
  We will probably issue a joint m...
What is the message of this cartoon?
To do this question, you
need first to borrow two
concepts from English:

Denotation
(what you see)
A song accompanies the...
Denotation

Mussolini is holding a paper
saying ‘Abyssinian Dispute’.

Connotation

‘Holding’ = wanting to acquire.
A song...
Denotation

Figures representing France and
Britain wag a finger at Mussolini.

Connotation

A song accompanies the cartoo...
Denotation

All they are threatening in their song
is issuing a worthless memorandum.

Connotation

A song accompanies the...
Denotation

The song threatens only ‘a joint
memorandum’ and ‘mild
disapproval’.

Connotation

A song accompanies the cart...
Denotation

Britain and France are dressed as if
for a Music Hall show.

Connotation

A song accompanies the cartoon:

‘We...
Finally, always remember
to look at:

Origin
(who drew it)
A song accompanies the cartoon:

‘We don’t want you to fight,
 ...
Origin

The British magazine Punch.

Details
A British humorous/political
magazine.
A song accompanies the cartoon:

‘We d...
Date
1935.

Details
At the start of the crisis.
A song accompanies the cartoon:

‘We don’t want you to fight,
 
but by jin...
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  1. 1. A song accompanies the cartoon: ‘We don’t want you to fight,   but by jingo if you do,   We will probably issue a joint memorandum   Suggesting a mild disapproval of you.’ In this cartoon of 1935 in the British magazine Punch, Britain and France condemn Mussolini’s invasion of Abyssinia, but all they threaten is a memorandum suggesting a mild disapproval.
  2. 2. What is the message of this cartoon?
  3. 3. To do this question, you need first to borrow two concepts from English: Denotation (what you see) A song accompanies the cartoon: ‘We don’t want you to fight,   but by jingo if you do,   We will probably issue a joint memorandum   Suggesting a mild disapproval of you.’ Connotation (how it affects its audience) In this cartoon of 1935 in the British magazine Punch, Britain and France condemn Mussolini’s invasion of Abyssinia, but all they threaten is a memorandum suggesting a mild disapproval.
  4. 4. Denotation Mussolini is holding a paper saying ‘Abyssinian Dispute’. Connotation ‘Holding’ = wanting to acquire. A song accompanies the cartoon: ‘We don’t want you to fight,   but by jingo if you do,   We will probably issue a joint memorandum   Suggesting a mild disapproval of you.’ Meaning Italy has invaded Abyssinia. In this cartoon of 1935 in the British magazine Punch, Britain and France condemn Mussolini’s invasion of Abyssinia, but all they threaten is a memorandum suggesting a mild disapproval.
  5. 5. Denotation Figures representing France and Britain wag a finger at Mussolini. Connotation A song accompanies the cartoon: ‘We don’t want you to fight,   but by jingo if you do,   We will probably issue a joint memorandum   Suggesting a mild disapproval of you.’ Wagging a finger represents condemnation. Meaning Mussolini is behaving badly, and the League condemns him. In this cartoon of 1935 in the British magazine Punch, Britain and France condemn Mussolini’s invasion of Abyssinia, but all they threaten is a memorandum suggesting a mild disapproval.
  6. 6. Denotation All they are threatening in their song is issuing a worthless memorandum. Connotation A song accompanies the cartoon: ‘We don’t want you to fight,   but by jingo if you do,   We will probably issue a joint memorandum   Suggesting a mild disapproval of you.’ The reprimand is worse than useless – Britain and France appear scared of Mussolini. Meaning The League is not taking effective action. In this cartoon of 1935 in the British magazine Punch, Britain and France condemn Mussolini’s invasion of Abyssinia, but all they threaten is a memorandum suggesting a mild disapproval.
  7. 7. Denotation The song threatens only ‘a joint memorandum’ and ‘mild disapproval’. Connotation A song accompanies the cartoon: ‘We don’t want you to fight,   but by jingo if you do,   We will probably issue a joint memorandum   Suggesting a mild disapproval of you.’ The 19th century song it parodies threatened war: ‘We've got the ships, we've got the men, we've got the money too'. Meaning Britain is a pale shadow of the world power it used to be. In this cartoon of 1935 in the British magazine Punch, Britain and France condemn Mussolini’s invasion of Abyssinia, but all they threaten is a memorandum suggesting a mild disapproval.
  8. 8. Denotation Britain and France are dressed as if for a Music Hall show. Connotation A song accompanies the cartoon: ‘We don’t want you to fight,   but by jingo if you do,   We will probably issue a joint memorandum   Suggesting a mild disapproval of you.’ Music Hall – amusing, but trivial and ridiculous. Meaning Britain and France have reduced the League to a farce. In this cartoon of 1935 in the British magazine Punch, Britain and France condemn Mussolini’s invasion of Abyssinia, but all they threaten is a memorandum suggesting a mild disapproval.
  9. 9. Finally, always remember to look at: Origin (who drew it) A song accompanies the cartoon: ‘We don’t want you to fight,   but by jingo if you do,   We will probably issue a joint memorandum   Suggesting a mild disapproval of you.’ Date (when it was published) In this cartoon of 1935 in the British magazine Punch, Britain and France condemn Mussolini’s invasion of Abyssinia, but all they threaten is a memorandum suggesting a mild disapproval.
  10. 10. Origin The British magazine Punch. Details A British humorous/political magazine. A song accompanies the cartoon: ‘We don’t want you to fight,   but by jingo if you do,   We will probably issue a joint memorandum   Suggesting a mild disapproval of you.’ Significance The cartoon echoes the British public’s growing despair at the League’s failure to take action against aggressor nations. In this cartoon of 1935 in the British magazine Punch, Britain and France condemn Mussolini’s invasion of Abyssinia, but all they threaten is a memorandum suggesting a mild disapproval.
  11. 11. Date 1935. Details At the start of the crisis. A song accompanies the cartoon: ‘We don’t want you to fight,   but by jingo if you do,   We will probably issue a joint memorandum   Suggesting a mild disapproval of you.’ Significance The cartoon forecasts the League’s failure – people had already lost faith in the League. In this cartoon of 1935 in the British magazine Punch, Britain and France condemn Mussolini’s invasion of Abyssinia, but all they threaten is a memorandum suggesting a mild disapproval.
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