Essay Sample on the Power of Caricature in France

french political caricatureWhen starting a conversation about the role that caricature plays in France, everyone recalls the recent murderous attack on the journalists of the satirical magazine ‘Charlie Hebdo’.  Horrific as it is, the tragedy with French caricaturists serves now as a reminder of how dangerous playing with fire may be and how powerful the images may appear. In book called ‘The Art of Controversy’ written by Victor Navasky, the author explains that images based on politics can both – inspire and offend. Moreover, the publisher of ‘The Nation’ states that there’s no other more powerful communication tool to jolt the mind of an individual than images. Let’s take a quick look at how deep-rooted the caricature is in French society. Continue reading