League of nations failure starter activity

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League of nations failure starter activity

  1. 1. Two figures sit on a cracked stone, which carries the inscription: 'League of Nations.  Foundation stone of a New Order, laid 1918.  Peace hath her sacrifices.' This cartoon by the British cartoonist David Low appeared in the Evening Standard newspaper, 11 November 1938.
  2. 2. What is the message of this cartoon?
  3. 3. To do this question, you need first to borrow two concepts from English: Two figures sit on a cracked stone, which carries the inscription: 'League of Nations.  Foundation stone of a New Order, laid 1918.  Peace hath her sacrifices.' Denotation (what you see) Connotation (how it affects its audience) This cartoon by the British cartoonist David Low appeared in the Evening Standard newspaper, 11 November 1938.
  4. 4. Denotation Two figures – a ‘toff’ and an ordinary man – sit despondently on a stone. Two figures sit on a cracked stone, which carries the inscription: 'League of Nations.  Foundation stone of a New Order, laid 1918.  Peace hath her sacrifices.' Connotation The two figures represent the whole of society. Meaning The people of Britain have reason to be depressed. This cartoon by the British cartoonist David Low appeared in the Evening Standard newspaper, 11 November 1938.
  5. 5. Denotation In the background there is a landscape of war. Two figures sit on a cracked stone, which carries the inscription: 'League of Nations.  Foundation stone of a New Order, laid 1918.  Peace hath her sacrifices.' Connotation Memories of World War One, but also a reminder of the rearmament taking place in 1938. Meaning War is coming – that is the reason to be depressed. This cartoon by the British cartoonist David Low appeared in the Evening Standard newspaper, 11 November 1938.
  6. 6. Denotation A stone - which had been intended to become the foundation stone of a building – is cracked. Two figures sit on a cracked stone, which carries the inscription: 'League of Nations.  Foundation stone of a New Order, laid 1918.  Peace hath her sacrifices.' Connotation A cracked foundation stone is useless. Meaning The League – meant to be the foundation of a new world order of peace – is broken and useless. This cartoon by the British cartoonist David Low appeared in the Evening Standard newspaper, 11 November 1938.
  7. 7. Denotation The stone looks like a tombstone Two figures sit on a cracked stone, which carries the inscription: Connotation A tombstone represents death 'League of Nations.  Foundation stone of a New Order, laid 1918.  Peace hath her sacrifices.' Meaning The League is dead – and with it people’s hopes of peace. This cartoon by the British cartoonist David Low appeared in the Evening Standard newspaper, 11 November 1938.
  8. 8. Finally, always remember to look at: Origin Two figures sit on a cracked stone, which carries the inscription: 'League of Nations.  Foundation stone of a New Order, laid 1918.  Peace hath her sacrifices.' (who drew it) Date (when it was published) This cartoon by the British cartoonist David Low appeared in the Evening Standard newspaper, 11 November 1938.
  9. 9. Origin The British cartoonist David Low. Details Two figures sit on a cracked stone, which carries the inscription: 'League of Nations.  Foundation stone of a New Order, laid 1918.  Peace hath her sacrifices.' Low supported the League, hated Hitler, and wanted the League to stand up to him. Significance This cartoon echoes the despair of people like Low at the failure of the League. This cartoon by the British cartoonist David Low appeared in the Evening Standard newspaper, 11 November 1938.
  10. 10. Date 11 November 1938. Details Two figures sit on a cracked stone, which carries the inscription: 'League of Nations.  Foundation stone of a New Order, laid 1918.  Peace hath her sacrifices.' Remembrance Day, just after the disastrous Munich Conference. Significance Remembrance Day this year is not about remembering the last war and trying to prevent another – it is about the foreboding of another war coming. This cartoon by the British cartoonist David Low appeared in the Evening Standard newspaper, 11 November 1938.

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