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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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