Paragraph : In Three Guineas, Virginia Woolf confronts the issue of war and why it continues in our world, despite our shared horror of the atrocities that are committed. Woolf focuses on how men see the violence in war as justified, while women tend to be more appalled by its impacts. This brings in the question of whether or not violence has a gender. However, this is overshadowed by the continuation of violence, and how photographs specifically – images that could be used to force us to confront the horrors of violence – are often spun to justify violence rather than stop it.
Sentence: The story a photograph tells is dependent on the person who views it, not the subject.
Paragraph : Human beings are often drawn to photographs depicting pain and suffering out of curiosity. This curiosity is as common to us as sympathy, creating a unique dynamic where we seek out images of the pains of others to sympathize with them, yet at the same time, numb ourselves to their suffering. We are afraid of what they endure, but, our compassion whithers into curiosity if we do not act upon it.
Sentence: Our curiosity of suffering is not morbid, but rather a natural expression of our compassion.
Paragraph : We cannot live our entire life in blind innocence of the atrocities willingly committed by human beings. We must confront the reality of the horrors, and embark with the delicate balance of memory. Too much memory prevents peace from ever occurring as we are overwhelmed with bitter memories. However, too little memory ventures into ignorance. With this, our feelings of helplessness drive us to turn a blind eye to the suffering of others, as we struggle to perfect the balance of memory while also addressing our frustrations of being unable to help those suffering.
Sentence: Our memory of suffering must be blurred if we are to live together.