Cartoons and Their Relation to Crime Analytical Essay by Nicky

Cartoons and Their Relation to Crime
An examination of how cartoons can potentially exacerbate criminal behavior.
# 148963 | 2,669 words | 10 sources | APA | 2011 | US

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The paper explores the way in which cartoons can impact the psychological and sociological development of children and adolescents. The paper focuses on the link between cartoons, television and criminal tendencies, with a look at cartoons that satirize and depict racial stereotypes. The paper also considers the way that cartoons have changed over time, particularly with regard to their depiction of violence, and how this has affected criminal attitudes and mindsets.

Cartoons, Violence and Crime
Cartoons, Racial Hatred, Prejudice and Crime

From the Paper:

"It is a telling and significant fact that the amount of time that adolescents and juveniles spend watching television in developed countries like the United States has shown a radical increase in recent years. It therefore logically follows the United States is a country that watches the most cartoons in the world. Statistics indicate that the average American watches more than four hours of television each day and that children between the ages of two and seventeen watch more than three hours of television per day (Bennett, 1999, p. 22). This can also be tentatively correlated with statistics that show that crime rates have increased dramatically in the young and adolescent demographic in the United States. For example, about 19 percent of all person arrested in the country are under the age of fifteen; between 1998 and 1997 the arrests for juvenile violent crime increased by almost fifty percent (Bennett, 1999, p. 22). This would seem to suggest a link between television cartoons and tendencies towards crime among the younger demographic.
"As many child psychologists and sociologists have pointed out, while cartoons aimed at children are ostensibly meant to be fiction and fantasy, very often the young child cannot discriminate between reality and fiction; "...although the violence is not real, a child does not know the difference" (Cartoon Violence). This is an important point and one which many experts assert is the foundation for the later expression of violent and critical activities that transgress legal and moral societal norms."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bennett W. (1999) The Index of Leading Cultural Indicators. New York: Broadway Books.
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  • Cartoons Go to War; World War I Horrors: Some of the Disturbing Propaganda Images Created by Cartoonist Louis Raemaekers. (2008, March 26). The Daily Mail (London, England), p. 69. Retrieved June 9, 2009, from Questia database:
  • Cartoons turn kids into yobs. Retrieved June 9, 2009, from
  • Cartoon Violence. Retrieved June 9, 2009, from

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