AIDS And Its Metaphors Book By Susan Sontag Essay

Length: 2 pages Sources: 1 Subject: Disease Type: Essay Paper: #95227297 Related Topics: Aids, Sociological Imagination, Sociological Perspective, Novel
Excerpt from Essay :

AIDS and Its Metaphors Book By Susan Sontag

In many ways, Susan Sontag's work of non-fiction entitled AIDS and Its Metaphors helps to deconstruct some of the fallacies surrounding this disease, while presenting it in its proper medical context. To that end the predominant theme of this work is the identifying and analyzing the realities and misconceptions regarding the many metaphors that are applied to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). The author is able to denote approximately four or five commonly used metaphors that relate to AIDS, and underscores their social and medical relevance for those who are involved with this deadly epidemic. The manuscript was originally published in the 1980s, when the perception of AIDS was still relatively novel and intensely terrifying for most of the population in the Western hemispheres.

One of the chief points of benefit of this work is its structure, which is extremely lucid and easy for readers to understand. After an opening segment in which she explicates some of the basic, medical facts about this malady and its


These mostly include the innocent and futility conundrum, war, religious disapproval, as well as AIDS as a foreign plague. In exploring each of these metaphors and how they impact society's regard for this condition, the author is also credited with citing a plethora of historical and literary examples that both contextualize her points and provide examples of them. Thus, the reader is able to gain a clear understanding of each type of metaphor and the repercussions it produces sociologically.

With such a coherent methodology, the book ultimately seeks to help provide the meaning of AIDS -- both as it actually is, and as it is conceived of by the surrounding population. Again, it is a one of the strengths of this work that the author denotes a critical distinction between these two concepts. Thus, she utilizes the former to help clarify the latter and is able to largely return the focus of this malady to its medical roots. Still, the sociological implications that she uncovers while examining some of the specific metaphors related to AIDS are fairly revealing -- if not about the disease, then certainly about the society that utilizes these metaphors.

For instance, in her discussion of the guilty and innocent metaphor, the author notes that those who…

Sources Used in Documents:


Sontag, Susan. (1989). Aids and Its Metaphors. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Cite this Document:

"AIDS And Its Metaphors Book By Susan Sontag" (2014, November 15) Retrieved January 20, 2022, from

"AIDS And Its Metaphors Book By Susan Sontag" 15 November 2014. Web.20 January. 2022. <>

"AIDS And Its Metaphors Book By Susan Sontag", 15 November 2014, Accessed.20 January. 2022,

Related Documents
HIV / AIDS in Society
Words: 2770 Length: 11 Pages Topic: Disease Paper #: 98344123

A hemophiliac, young Ryan had contracted the disease through the infusion of blood resources that had long served as his life force; and then that life force, infected with HIV, failed him (Levitt & Rosenthal, 1999). As the young boy bravely faced the demons of the ravaging disease, friends, relatives and outpourings of public support and love marked his journey. Surrounded by his family, and new friends like the