Toonbots archive - episode published 20010817

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With an abrupt plot complication via the introduction of a third character (and with all the concomitant symbolic imagery thus evoked via the meme of the Holy Trinity), the metacartoonist simultaneously brings the plot and the cognitive structure of the arc to a new and higher level of symbolic duplicity: the character of Shakespeare serves to remind the reader that the object of discussion is poetry, and yet the very banality of the haiku displayed is itself the objection of discussion; the result is that the reader is left with a cognitive dissonance between poet and critic, each role of which is filled simultaneously by multiple personages: the Dot, Shakespeare, the metacartoonist, Mao, and the reader herself.

The script used to make this toon:
<cartoon height="400" width="500" rowformat="1">
<character name="dot"/>
<character name="mao"/>
<caption location="top left" fgcolor="blue">Shakespeare said it best:</caption>
<character name="will"/>
<caption location="top right" fgcolor="green">Syllable structure alone</caption>
<caption location="top right" fgcolor="green">Doth not haiku make!</caption>
<caption location="bottom middle" fgcolor="red" size="14">Oh.</caption>

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