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Jim Morrison and Susan Sontag

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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,   both because of Jim Morrison's main influence coming from author

Friedrich Nietzsche, who believed in existentialism (a body of ethical thought centering about the

uniqueness and isolation of individual experiences in a universe indifferent or even hostile to

man, regarding human existence as unexplainable, and emphasizing man's freedom of choice

and responsibility for the consequences of his acts), and Susan Sontag's writings following a

style of existentialism, both Jim Morrison and Susan Sontag's works focus constantly on relating

the message of placing blame on oneself in order to obtain a more perfect soul.

Born James Douglas Morrison on December 8 1843 in Melbourne Florida to parents

Steve and Clara Morrison(Hopkins, Sugerman 5).   A few months after the birth of Jim Morrison,

Jim's father Steve and his mine layer were sent off to fight in World War Two.   For the next three

years Jim's mother Clara, was forced to raise Jim with only the help of sympathizing relatives

who believed in ideas such as "Children should be seen and not heard ... Ignore something

unpleasant and it will go away... "(Hopkins, Sugerman 5).   This constant barrage of negativity

may have been one of the first factors leading to Jim's beliefs in existentialism.   The way in

which the negativity lead to Jim's belief is that through the constant attack, Jim began to feel as



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