This article explores how life perspectives of HIV-infected individuals are portrayed in the musical Rent. A rhetorical analysis of Rent’s script and lyrics reveals that people living with HIV may hold a particular life perspective after learning that they are HIV-positive; they may seek to leave a legacy, to experience life to the fullest or to devote their lives to others. These emergent themes are consistent with those found in previous research. In addition, this analysis revealed one theme that was not consistent with previous research; this theme is connected to the process of grieving. By understanding how people living with HIV/AIDS perceive the world and their purposes in it, we can better learn how to support them as they battle the disease.
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Schrader, V. (2009). "No Day But Today:" Life Perspectives of HIV-Positive Individuals in the Musical Rent. Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota Journal, 36, 23-36.