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    Susan Sontag

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    Susan Sontag, in "Against Interpretation," takes a very interesting critical standpoint on the idea of literary interpretation. Unlike most literary critics, Sontag believes that literary criticism is growing increasingly destructive towards the very works of art that they, supposedly, so greatly "appreciate" and "respect." Her standpoint could not be more accurate. Reading her work generates numerous questions, the most important of which is quite possibly, "How are we to take her final statement

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    Jim Morrison and Susan Sontag Jim Morrison is the lead singer of the classic rock and roll band "The Doors". Jim Morrison not only was the lead vocalist in the famous sixties band, he was also the writer of most but not all of The Doors songs and the author of many poems. Susan Sontag is an accomplished author. Some of Susan Sontag's works include essays, reviews, editing, novels and short stories. Although at first Jim Morrison and Susan Sontag appear to have nothing or very little in common

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    Audre Lorde and Susan Sontag’s personal experience with cancer is depicted in their books with great detail; both describe obstacles those facing terminal illnesses must endure. Terminal disease distributes anxiety and fear among those facing death and it also carries social stigmas. Social stigmas placed on individuals diagnosed with terminal diseases are negative connotations or perceptions bestowed upon the terminally ill for bearing characteristics for which they are deemed different than the

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    right to critically analyze his work except himself. Susan Sontag's view of interpretation is very similar to mine. In her essay Against Interpretation, she explains the importance of experiencing art, rather than dissecting every detail. I've always believed that art interpreters are bored people who excessively analyze artwork. Sontag agrees that, "Interpretation amounts to the philistine refusal to leave the work of art alone" (Sontag 656). Today, almost anything can be considered artwork

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    that. Most denounced the terrorists as cowards, but there were a few, such as Susan Sontag and Bill Maher, who did not feel the same way. There was a sense of overwhelming patriotism, and to say anything otherwise, was foolhardy. And the American flag was everywhere. Even shoes came in the red, white, and blue. Defiling the flag seemed to become downright patriotic. Courage became debatabe, heroism standard. Soon both Sontag and Maher were denounced, even called traitors. What kind of new war was this

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    Introduction Illness is an unfavorable life event that can occur in any of us. As Susan Sontag (1990) noted in her book Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors, “Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick. Although we all prefer to use the good passport, sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that other place” (P 3). The patients we care for each day unfortunately carry the

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    A Stereotypical Media

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    The media of today’s society plays the peddler to the stereotypes that plague our country. However, the media is not solely to blame. Susan Sontag states in her essay “The Image World”: “Through being photographed, something becomes part of a system of information, fitted into schemes of classification and storage”(Sontag 196). Through our own demand as consumers, the use of advertising in television, newspapers, and especially magazines relays to the public an erratic system of stereotypical information

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    Annie Liebovitz's Women

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    evaluating and understanding art. “A photograph is not an opinion. Or is it?” So begins Susan Sontag's introductory essay to the book Women, a collection of photographs by Annie Leibovitz. Collected without a stated intention other than to treat on the subject matter at hand, Leibovitz’s images confront a wide spectrum of issues surrounding women living in America at the end of the twentieth century. Sontag explains, “Any large-scale picturing of women belongs to the ongoing story of how women are

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    Introduction Prior to my admission to the nursing program, I have cared for sick family members and provided them with their physical and emotional needs. I felt that it came as a second nature to care for people. Although I have cared for sick family members, I never would have thought that nursing takes more than just being caring. To be a nurse, you need compassion, perseverance, understanding, maturity and critical thinking skills. The Patient During my psychiatric clinical rotation, one particular

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    The Appeal of Ads

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    The Appeal of Ads When we look at an advertisement, we see what the advertisement company wants use to see in the ad. They have the luxury to cut, paste, and airbrush the photos to their liking and desired look and feel. When we look at ads, we think things and want things based on what we see or what we think we want. Our brains and neglect of reality sell their products for them. They play off human desires and tempt us with images of sexy people and fast cars to sway our view of their

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