Monday, January 30, 2012
"The Man Who Dared to Differ from His Mother-in-Law"
This cartoon represents a burlesque scene of a man cringing from his mother-in-law after he contradicts her. The reason it's burlesque is because the man is shown to be very much scared of the mother-in-law for what seems to be no reason at all. This is playing up the stereotype of the grumpy mother-in-law who always has to be right, and who is always at war with her son-in-law.
One can tell that the man is very frightened of her; not just by his face, but by how his body is grotesquely contorting away from her, as if to shield himself. The mother-in-law, on the other hand is standing very straight and proud, exuding confidence and superiority. Her daughter in the background has a similar posture, so we can assume the man has to deal with this attitude on a daily basis instead of just when the mother-in-law visits.