Regarding the Pain of Others - Study Guide Chapter 4 Summary & Analysis

This Study Guide consists of approximately 19 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Regarding the Pain of Others.
This section contains 557 words
(approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the Regarding the Pain of Others Study Guide

Sontag considers what it means to protest suffering as opposed to merely acknowledging it. She notes that the public has little interest in suffering caused by nature or accident, instead preferring images of human violence against humans. Sontag compares the yearning to see such horrific images to feelings of sexual desire, describing the urge as voyeuristic in nature. She reasons that only those capable of alleviating suffering, such as doctors, have a right to look upon it. Anyone else would be reduced to either a spectator or a coward.

The practice of depicting war as something deplorable, Sontag explains, is a largely secular affair, beginning in the 17th century with Jacques Callot's Les Miseres et les Malheurs, or the Misfortunes of War. The series of etchings depicts soldiers as both victims and victimizers, bound for squalor and destitution. Ultimately Goya would take up the cause...

(read more from the Chapter 4 Summary)

This section contains 557 words
(approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the Regarding the Pain of Others Study Guide
Copyrights
BookRags
Regarding the Pain of Others from BookRags. (c)2014 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.