Hirosim A Essay

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Hiroshima I General Introduction Hiroshima by John Hersey, is a book about the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. This book takes a look at six survivors of the nuclear blast. And tells their story of where they were when the bomb dropped, and what they did in the aftermath of the atomic explosion. And it goes on to talk about the sickness that the bomb had caused, and finally in the new editions of the book John Hersey goes back to Hiroshima forty years after the blast and interviews the people once more. II Character Introduction This book has six main characters, and during each chapter each person has their own part where John Hersey tells that person's experiences. There is Miss Toshinki Sasaki who is in charge of the personnel department at a tin factory. She was at work when the bomb went off and was paralyzed by fear of the blinding white light and was then crushed by a book case that broke her leg. There is also Dr. Masakazu Fuji who owned a private hospital which had 30 rooms and was the only doctor there. He was sitting on his porch over the river when the bomb went off and was thrown into the water by the force and held above the surfaceby two beams of wood holding him like a piece of food in chopsticks. There was also Mrs. Hatsuyo Nakamura, whose children had woken up and been given peanuts to help them back to sleep in the morning. She was watching her neighbor tear apart his house to help in a fire line in case they where to be bombed by incendiary bombs, when the blinding light hit her and her house fell apart. There is also Father Wolhelp Leinsorge a German priest, who was reading in his underwear when the bomb hit. And then retreated a to a building that had been extra fortified in case of earthquakes. There is also the story of a young doctor Dr.Terufumi Sasaki who was carrying a patients blood for a test when the bomb exploded luckily he had just walked past a window when the light hit or else he would of been hit by the imploding glass. And after the explosion he got to work helping the already hurt patients in the hospital. And finally the story of the pastor of the Hiroshima Methodist church is told in the book, he was helping a colleague move possessions to a house far away from wear a normal air raid would occur. When he saw the light he dove in-between two rocks in a rock garden. The most major occurrence is the bomb going off thus changing the six people in the book's life forever, not to mention all the other people it killed and the other survivors. I would consider all of the characters to be realistic if this where to be a fiction book but it's not so I guess you have to accept that there real. The major change that takes place in this book is a very negative one, a nuclear bomb can't be good but if not for that this story would have no point, and the major event that cause's the most development in the story is the bomb, "Little Boy" going off. III. Plot Summary. The plot of the book starts...

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