Sontag One Pager

Sontag One Pager

  • Submitted By: moldham2
  • Date Submitted: 01/19/2016 8:08 PM
  • Category: English
  • Words: 404
  • Page: 2

Sontag’s subject to this article is photography. She focuses on when and when not to take photos. With the abundance of photographs, people have plagued the art of photography, they have devalued them. Sontag writes this for the general public, and photographers, to read. She wrote this to bring attention to this complication. To convince people to stop attempting to capture the moment and just live in it. People try to capture what is going on so that one day they can look back at the photo and remember, as where if they lived in the money they would have more memories of that scene rather than just a picture. Yes, a picture is worth a thousand words, but a memory is priceless.

Sontag tends to repeat herself in her writing. She has a tendency to say the exact same thing just worded differently. Although she repeats herself she uses very complex sentences and has an amazing control of language. She speaks with progressive vocabulary but not to the point where you understand nothing she is saying. Sontag uses many metaphors and personification to bring her writing to life. To make you feel as if you are apart of the story. She bring the camera to life. “The camera is the ideal arm of consciousness in its acquisitive mood.” Just by that sentence she already make the camera have emotions and compares it to “[an] ideal arm of consciousness.” Her tone is very neglectful throughout the piece. she speaks about how he strongly dislikes what society has done to photography. She adds a hatred in a way that not only brings your awareness to her opinion but allows you to enter her mind and see the entirety of her purpose, in result changing your mindset

Sontag uses many sub claims, in her article. For example, “to photograph is to appropriate the thing photographed. It means putting oneself into a certain relation to the world that feels like knowledge -- and, therefore, like power.” She uses this to help support her main claim which is, the devaluation of...

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