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Unformatted text preview: Sarah Song WRT 102 T. Slankard February 13, 2007 Response Paper: “Behind the Formaldehyde Curtain” by Jessica Milford I’ve always thought that I wanted to be cremated, and now I know why. Actually, the thought of a body and a casket slowly disintegrating in the earth was just very unpleasant, but Milford’s exposé gives me more reason to want to be cremated. Embalming and preparing a corpse to become a “Beautiful Memory Picture” is apparently not only revolting, but also unnecessary. But besides all of the sickening details, this passage really made me think more about death and how we, as a society, treat it. On the one hand, we’re fascinated with it. On the other, we almost dismiss it. On TV, we’re captivated by all the blood and gore of people dying in the many hospital shows like ER , Grey’s Anatomy , and House, M.D . It seems that we are all jaded and desensitized to death, because it happens all the time, and we no longer turn our heads to avoid it. However, I think that when death is closer, we’re more afraid to deal with it, in part because it touches on...
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This note was uploaded on 10/13/2008 for the course WRT 101 taught by Professor Tousey during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Stony Brook.
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