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(C)OPTIC: Analyzing Visual Texts CP2 Senior English Like any written text, an image can convey a message/argument. Images can be varied: Graphic Novels Photographs Advertisements Editorial Cartoons

Pay close attention to Image Text Color Overall Design (C)OPTIC is an acronym for a step-by-step process for analyzing visuals and coming to a conclusion about the argument theyre trying to make. Reading an image

Whenever you try to analyze an argument, you should seek to ask and to answer these questions: Who is writing / speaking? To whom that person is writing / speaking? Why that person is writing / speaking? Thus, you should always provide a brief overview of the image: Who, what, why? (Context) / Overview (Context) / Overview

Published in 1881 in The Wasp, a San Francisco magazine. Publisher: The Wasp, a satirical magazine based in San Francisco. Audience: Citizens of San Francisco Context: After the Gold Rush of 1849, the Chinese were drawn to the West Coast as a center of economic opportunity where, for example, they helped build the first transcontinental railroad by working on the Central Pacific from 1864 to 1869.

The Chinese Exclusion Treaty was passed by Congress in 1880. The Chinese Exclusion Act was passed by Congress in 1882. Then, move on to the individual parts; answer these questions: What aspects of the image draw your attention first? Why? What parts are present in the image? How does the layout suggest where to look? Does the photographer / artist frame views of

people in close-ups, medium shots, or long shots? From what angle/perspective does the photographer / artist frame the visual? What colors are used in the image? What mood or tone does color portray? Are there any symbols or allusions in the image? Parts Parts Area of Focus: The Chinese man, who looks inhuman (almost rat-like) Smoking factories in the background

The Chinese mans giant hand Angry protesters, who look like White Anglo-Saxons A factory, with various boxes and items spilling out of it What text is present in the visual? To whom / what is it connected? What does the title tell you about the picture? How much does it add to what you understand or do not understand about the picture?

Text / Title Title / Text Title: The Coming Man: Allee sammee Melican Man Monopoleeee Text: Monopoly written on the mans hand Also, various business names written on corresponding parts (Laundries, Box Factory, Clothing Factory, Shirt Manufacturer)

Analyze the relationships in the picture. How do objects or people or colors relate to each other in the picture? What clues to the message or argument are these relationships giving you? What seems to be the most important relationship in the picture? Interrelationships Interrelationships The Chinese man is larger than everything else; the

artist made his hand gigantic, so as to bring focus on the fact that hes holding or hiding all of the parts that are falling out of the factory. The bleak background and protesters show anger and fear. The titleThe Coming Man as well as the subtitleAllee sammee Melican Man Monopoleeeeare written in the style of a native Chinese speaker trying to speak English.

Draw a conclusion to the meaning or message of the picture based on what you have viewed and discussed as a group. Essentially, what is the argument the artist is trying to convey? Conclusion Conclusion

This visual is commenting on the heavy flow of Chinese immigrants coming into the United States, demonstrating fear and anger that the Chinese immigrants will form a monopoly over the service and production industries in the United States if the trend continues. Or the author is trying to comment on Chinese immigrants hiding that fact.

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