John Hersey Essay

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John Hersey was an American child born in China with missionary’s parents. He had a religious upbringing and spoke Chinese. He returned to the United States when he was ten years old and became a well educated man with humanistic views. John Hersey begins his writing career at Time magazine in 1937 after graduating from Yale University in 1936. He was hired by Time magazine after writing an essay criticizing their murky quality. While writing for the Times magazine, John was able to accompany some of the Allied troops invasion of Sicily during World War II. These give him actual accounts of historical events that made him a popular newsweekly correspondent writing articles about ...view middle of the document...

The accounts of Miss Toshinki Sasaki, a twenty year old clerk, Dr. Masakazu Fujii, a physician, Miss Hatsuyo Nakamura, a tailor’s widow, Father Wilhelm Kleinsorge, a German priest, Dr. Terufumi Sasaki, a surgeon, and Reverend Mr. Kiyoshi Tanimoto, a pastor at the Hiroshim a Methodist Church.
The most traumatic event from my perspective was what happens to Miss Toshiko Sasaki. She was a clerk sitting in her office when the bomb strikes. The blast collapses a bookcase on top of her, squashing her leg, and she loses consciousness. For a while she was trapped under the bookcase, not knowing if she would ever be found and in and out of awareness she went. Thoughts were running through her mind that her leg was badly broken and it would have to be cut off. She was only twenty years old and would be left crippled for the rest of her life. The Japanese people were not just effect directly by the bombing, burning them or the radiation but also by the structural damage. She was also affect mentally.
A Reverend, a man of peace, kind and helpful, had to witness shocking and troubling scenes of human suffering. He was already anxious about the war when he heard a blast one or two miles from where he was. What fear, what panic, race though Mr. Reverend Mr. Kiyoshi Tanimoto mind when he realize what happen. He has a wife and a daughter that he is in fear for. He runs toward the center of the city in a frantic search for them, noticing hundreds of severely hurt and burned people traveling in the opposite direction. When he finally reaches his family, they are not hurt, but the bomb affects are long from over. Reverend Tanimoto was John Hersey view of a religious, upright family man life being changed by an inhumane affect.
Father Wilhelm Kleinsorge a German Jesuit priest stationed in double-braced mission house in Hiroshima when the bomb dropped. He only suffered minor cuts from the bombing, but one month later radiation effects occurred. Father Kleinsorge becomes weak and goes into the hospital with his cuts still unhealed, a high fever and low blood cell count. The after effects of radiation continue long after Father Kleinsorge improves and is discharged from the hospital.
Mrs. Hatsuyo Nakamura, a tailor’s widow, is irritated from frequently taking her three young children to a safe area in response to every warning. Being a single mother is already difficult disposition to deal with. After the dropping of the atomic bomb, she encounters even more difficulty and emotional distress. Her children are unharmed after she digs them out of the rubbles of their home. Now Mrs. Nakamura is not just a widow, but also homeless with three children to care for.
The only surgeon at age twenty-five-year-old at the Red Cross Hospital in Hiroshima, that was unharmed in the explosion was Dr. Terufumi Sasaki. He was dedicated, optimistic, and enthusiastic about his career. He was willing to risk severe penalties just for treating the debilitated...

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