The octopus is a commonly used symbol in political cartoons. Help your scholars examine why it has been used in this way throughout history. Three cartoons depict different uses of the octopus. Background information helps gives context for analysis, and talking points prompt deeper thinking. Pupils use critical analysis skills to consider the symbolism of the octopus, and how it functions in 2 of the cartoons. Consider having them create their own octopus cartoon as an extension.