Sunday, June 17, 2012

Cartoon: The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

This cartoon by Schrank from The Independent on Sunday relates to today's Greek elections.
A Greek man is shown standing on the edge of a cliff. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is wagging her finger at him (a sign of warning or disapproval) and indicating with her thumb that he should take the path into the black mountains, where lightning is flashing. A thought bubble indicates that the Greek man sees Merkel as a devil with horns giving a Nazi salute.
If you say that someone is between the devil and the deep blue sea, you mean that they are in a difficult situation where they have to choose between two equally unpleasant courses of action (see here for a discussion of the origin of this idiom). In this case, Greece has the choice between the path of austerity (as dictated by Merkel and symbolized by the forbidding mountains), or a suicidal leap into the sea (exit from the euro zone). The ruined temple can be seen as a metaphor for Greece's economic ruin.
Reposted from The English Blog