Elastic conscience- this political cartoon was drawn by Jean Villemot for the L’Assiette au Beurre (The Butter Dish), a French satiric weekly publication that mostly published political cartoons on issues of the day.

"I'll give you enough rubber to get an elastic conscience!" On door: “Entrance forbidden to the public”

  1. Who does each man represent?
  2. Explain the pun in the quotation.
  3. Why might the door be off limits, and what is supposed to deter people from entering?
  4. Based on his facial expression, is the man on the left receptive to the rubber proposal? Why/why not?
  5. According to the artist, what might help a country ignore human rights violations?
  6. If you were the leader of a country, what could allow you to choose to ignore human rights violations? If your answer is “nothing,” explain why.