ACTUAL ESSAY QUESTION FROM A UNIVERSITY ADMISSIONS PACKET

Chicago Professor W.J.T. Mitchell entitled his 2005 book “What Do Pictures Want?”   According to Professor Mitchell, “we need to reckon with images not just as inert objects that convey meaning but as animated beings with desires, needs, appetites, demands, and drives of their own” – including wanting the viewer to feel or think something specific.  Choose a picture and explain what that picture wants you to feel.” (“What Do Pictures Want?” University of Chicago Press.)

Answer the following questions about this picture:

 What is your immediate and instinctive reaction to this picture?

WHY do you think you reacted to it in that way?

Relate this picture to a personal experience.

Relate that personal experience to a universal theme.

ON A SEPARATE SHEET OF PAPER

Use your responses above as a guideline to WRITE A 500-WORD ESSAY answering this question:

What needs and demands does this picture have?  Ultimately, what does this picture want you to feel?

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