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Image Description .pdf


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Image Description

I) Identity the document
This document is / consists of a cartoon in colour drawn by the artist Jeff Parker. It was published in
Florida Today in 2006. It consists of a cartoon and a caption written below / under the image.

II) Describe the document
The scene takes place at Plymouth Rock. This was where the Pilgrims fathers first arrived to America,
it is considered as a highly symbolical place today. This rock is seen as the symbol of faith, strength and
courage by Americans. There is a forest in the background. The foreground is composed of the sea,
two groups of people and a wall made of wood which is in the middle of the image.
On the left, there is a group of 5 people in a boat trying to land, they are the settlers / Pilgrims. On the
right, in the middle, there is a group of 6 Indians / Native Americans. They are building a wall to protect
themselves against the settlers, they want to prevent the settlers from (to prevent someone from
doing something : empêcher quelqu’un de faire quelque chose) landing and entering. They seem angry
and hostile as the man has crossed (croisés) arms. The caption is probably being said by the settlers.
The Indians won’t let them land as they imagine the immigrants will refuse the Native American
culture.

III) Analyse the document
The wall in the cartoon is a reference to the US border fence (cloture / barrière) built in the USA and
Mexico to stop illegal immigrants from coming into the country. Some people reject immigrants
because they say that they won’t adapt to the language spoken in the country, its culture or that they
will steal the Americans’ jobs.
In America, everybody has immigrant origins except for (sauf) the Natives who were already there
when the Pilgrim fathers arrived. Let’s not forget that there was a conflict between the Pilgrims and
the Indians. Almost all Americans come immigration. All immigrants, whether (que..ou non / que ce
soit) past of present, have the same goal: to build a better life in a new country.
The message / aim of the cartoonist is to compare past and present immigration and to show the
double standard (deux poids, deux mesures). In the past, the immigrants were accepted, even though
they didn’t learn the language or assimilated into the culture of the natives. In fact, they imposed their
own culture to the natives. Now immigrants are being rejected. Moreover, he wants to denounce the
current anti-immigration policies. (politiques, mesures)

IV) Opinion
I agree with the author / I disagree with the author because …
I find the document interesting / amazing / striking / interesting / funny / thought-provoking because...
I like / I don't like this document because ...
It makes me feel sad / angry / happy because …

V) Conclusion
To conclude we can say that even though (même si) this cartoon was published in 2006, this situation
is still happening / taking place today. It is even more present with the debates that happened during
the last presidential election and with Trump becoming president. Indeed, he wants to build a higher
wall to completely stop the illegal immigration from Mexico.


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