Michael Leunig

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Michael Leunig



Michael Leunig Essay
By Malcolm Wanstall
Question: Write an essay in which you discuss how Michael Leunig challenges us to examine our life in the modern world. Make sure you refer closely to the visual techniques he uses to convey his ideas

Answer: Michael Leunig is a very successful cartoonist whose cartoons ponder the minds of even the greatest philosopher. He is one of very few cartoonists who have managed to convey such thought and feeling into a thing that is generally considered to be a light hearted approach towards communication.
Michael Leunig is highly gifted: he's not just an artist or cartoonist, but also a clever poet and uniquely insightful social commentator. He is able to communicate profound critique of social and other issues in a way that I have seen no other cartoonist do. Even the slime of political issues takes on a sublime perspective through the uncanny vision of Leunig. I can only guess from my appreciation of his work, that he has immense life experience in the realms of human relationships, introspection, spirituality and more. He has been reported as stating that through his work, he attempts to give voice to the voiceless.
Leunig also does many cartoons that are quite dream-like, and there are recurring characters in many of his works. Mr. Curly and ducks appear to be among his favourites. His cartoons appear regularly in the a few papers including the Herald and a few more. There is a regular following of his work, and sometimes, there is lively dialogue in the Letters to the Editor praising or arguing for and against his work as it often tends to be controversial as it challenges us to think about ourselves and our lives.
The question is asking how Michael Leunig challenges us to re-examine what we are doing in the modern day world. He does this in such a way that sometimes it offends people. These people are usually people who are happy with what they believe and don’t want to broaden their horizons or more specifically let someone else do it for them. However, this is exactly what Leunig’s work does. It makes you speculate and think about what you consider to be the norm, to simply be ‘life’ and it takes someone like Leunig to prove everyone wrong.

Leunig tends to use very simplistic methods when he is drawing his cartoons and tends not

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