The Great Soviet Union Essay

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By using the images and words chosen Horsey conveys that sometimes misconceptions are portrayed in order to please or satisfy what should be shown to the general audience. The soviet union was collapsing during the late 1900s with economic downfalls and dropping of the population (history.com), yet they like to portray themselves as pompous petrifying people whom all others should fear, when in reality they were simply a collapsing nation.
Often time’s people may conceal their true self by changing who they are in order to appeal better to the general public, whether that be friends, family, or a large group of unfamiliar people. People of higher rank are expected to look and sound like ...view middle of the document...

Army generals are often illustrated as harsh and the ominous scowl on the figure assists the viewer in thinking about the “face” being a leader of pretty big importance and being fairly intimidating. There are three jagged shapes behind the head which could resemble lightning strikes and thunder clouds behind the focal point indicating that a “storm” is possibly nearing. Whenever there is a storm in a movie or picture etc, it usually foreshadows something bad happening or specifies that a certain character is in wrongdoing. Another indicator of influence or importance is the figures below the bottom of the focal point which are laid down, maybe bowing for the main figure. Each body like character seems to be wearing identical uniform as well as laying hunched over with their faces pointing at the ground.
Much like the pop culture movie The Wizard of Oz, where the wizard is seen by the eye as a large scary and magical being who hides himself beneath a curtain because in reality he is in fact an elderly man; there seems to be a person with elongated limbs, dressed in something sort of resembling a suit. The man is standing behind what appears to be a curtain (flowing fabric placed in front of the human figure) and doesn’t appear to be as frightening as the big face, he may be hiding or using the curtain to cover his identity. The figure is holding some sort of stick, possibly a cane, above his head, while the other hand is clutching what seems to be a speaker that he is saying something into but the words are coming out of the other large face (the main focal point).
The few sentences in the cartoon are “Soviet Social System” which is used to identify the elderly man who we now know must have something to do with that. In the center the large face states “I am the great and powerful soviet union” being clearly intended to be said by the elderly man however spoken by the massive face in the center. The soviet social system is a good way to identify the man and clarify what is trying to claim greatness and powerfulness. The sentence “I am the great and powerful soviet union”...

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