Examining source help please? Thank you very much! Analyze and interpret the following source. Explain the ideological perspective reflected in the source. Discuss the principles of nationalism...

Examining source help please? Thank you very much!

Analyze and interpret the following source. Explain the ideological perspective reflected in the source. Discuss the principles of nationalism and explain any keys terms or concepts used in the source.

 

 

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The previous post's thoughts on likening alcoholism's intoxication to nationalism is valid.  I think that the cartoon seeks to enhance the idea that nationalism and love of country can be quite intoxicating, clouding judgement and impairing sensible actions, similar to alcoholic consumption.  In this light, the cartoon is seeking to make a statement about those who embrace nationalism as the only way to express nation based identity.   Similar to an alcoholic who needs intervention and help in order to make better choices and live a more healthy life, the person who is inundated with nationalism is in much the same predicament.  The source is expressing a bias, through subtle humor, that displays nationalism as a destructive force on both personal and political levels.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The person who drew this cartoon clearly feels that nationalism, like alcoholism, is a disease.  Given that the person who died of nationalism is a soldier, the artist also feels that nationalism is the cause of most wars.

Nationalism is the idea that a person's own country is superior to other countries.  Because of this, a nationalist identifies with his country over other countries and does not really think that other countries deserve as much respect as his own.

The artist's ideological perspective is that nationalism is a destructive ideology.  He thinks that this sort of attitude leads people to fight and kill one another.