A group of young boys playing a game presumably called snap the whip is the subject of both Homer's Snap the Whip images. The object of the game is to form a human chain by joining hands. As one boy anchors the human whip, the other boys run forward trying to avoid breaking away from the others. In both of Homer's works he depicts the human whip in motion with two boys on the end of the chain being thrown off. The setting of the images is an open field dotted with flowers and stones. A small home appears behind the boys and on the left ...
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... message. The exclusion of color in the wood engraving limits the available channels for Homer to illustrate his intended message. The image with the color shows not only criticism but also hopefulness of what America could be. With that being said both images are true works of art. Homer was not only able to create beautiful artwork but also imbed socially relevant narratives in the medium of his choice.
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