Hiroshima John Hersey

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John Van Sant 4/20/2015 HY 105 Isis Dana Kanakri The book Hiroshima by John Hersey is about the stories of six people who survived the United States nuclear bomb that was dropped in Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945. The gathered information in which the book reveals starts from the moment before the bomb hit Hiroshima until a few months later. Hersey had waited until 40 years after to add the postscript of a fifth chapter, when the aftereffects are followed up. Hersey describes in detail the powerful nuclear bomb that was dropped in Hiroshima which had killed 100,000 people and injured 100,000 more out of a population of 250,000 people, and also writes about what had happened to the six characters in the book after 40 years had passed. Lastly,…show more content…
Masakazu Fujii, Mrs. Hatsuyo Nakamura, Dr. Terufumi Sasaki, Rev. Kiyoshi Tanimoto and Father Wilhelm Kleinsorge, and the character which I admired the most was Mrs. Nakamura because she was a mother who struggled with the death of her husband, her sorrow for other people and the safety and lives of her children. When the bomb hit, the first thing she thought of was her children and to keep them safe. Along with her children, Mrs. Nakamura suffered from the radiation sickness that hit the population who survived the explosion, and once again, her first concern was her children. It was also revealed that she was a graceful woman who never questioned the pain in her life, but rather, accepting the inevitable and does whatever to succeed. She spends the rest of her life living in peace and quiet while working to provide for her children until they grew up to be adults despite the presence of her illness. I admired Mrs. Nakamura the most for her morals and personality, which is shown through her dignity, determination and graciousness. Hersey describes the six characters in the book as a bunch from the luckiest in Hiroshima because firstly, they had taken the right decisions right before the bomb in order to have survived it even though it was intended for the purpose of surviving a bomb. None of them had knew it was going to happen, but the six characters had managed to escape death. Secondly, even though 2 from the 6

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