A Rhetorical Analysis Of Chris Madden's Genetic Engineering Cartoon

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In his illustration “Genetic Engineering Cartoon” from the “Amazing But False!” series, artist Chris Madden emphasizes the perspective that both the anxieties about and the expectations toward the future of human genetic modification have reached a point of ridiculousness. Madden supports this perspective by utilizing social satire, hyperbole, and caricature. His purpose is to entertain audiences in order to prompt them to recognize the ridiculousness of certain aspects of the genetic engineering debate. Madden conveys his ideas in a sarcastic and humorous tone for an audience that is neither well informed about nor seriously interested in the debate over genetic modification.

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