This week we have started learning about Durand’s Figures of Rhetoric, which can be categorised into four different groups:
- Figures of Addition
- Figures of Suppression
- Figures of Substitution
- Figures of Exchange
In looking at this political cartoon, I’ve identified the forms of rhetoric which may have been used.
Figures of substitution is the main category which has been used in my opinion, predominantly substitution of similar elements, being a metaphor which allows one figure to stand in for another; in this case, it is the statue and the bulldozer standing in for Gillard’s Carbon Tax policy, and Abbott’s scrapping of it once he was elected. The black smoke coming out of the bulldozer could also represent Abbott’s reticence to acknowledge the impact of Global Warming. False homology is also used here, which uses puns as a play on words – the word ‘finished’ is given two meanings, being completed and destroyed. Figures of addition, particularly double meaning, could also be used here for the same reason.
Valdman n.d., ‘My Masterpiece is Finished’ [image], My Masterpiece is Finished, Pinterest, viewed 6th January 2016, https://www.pinterest.com/pin/12947917649349934/