Hundreds of thousands of innocent Japanese citizens died at the
hands of the atomic bomb unleashed by the United States, as told in
John Hersey's novel Hiroshima. Hiroshima retells the devastation through
six survivors who had to experience the horrendous attack, and the
attack's grueling long-term side effects. The United States thought they
were shielding Japan from further damage, but instead they caused horrific
destruction that Japan would face for years and years to come.
The United States began developing the deadly potential atomic
bomb during the war. to destroy its enemies. After completing the
construction of the beyond dangerous weapon. The United States tested
the bomb in a deserted field in Trinity, New Mexico. Brigadier Thomas
F. Farrell was there to witness the test and told everyone about the
bomb: "The effects could well be called unprecedented, magnificent,
beautiful, stupendous, and terrifying. No man-made phenomenon of such
tremendous power had ever occurred before. The lighting beggared
description" (Brigadier Thomas F. Farrell Trinity Test Eyewitness Accounts). Even
knowing this information, the United States still decided to drop the
bomb on Japan. Without even thinking about who they would devastate,
especially the citizens in the novel Hiroshima.
On the morning of August 6, 1945 many Japanese citizens were
casually carrying out their usual daily lives unknowing that their lives
would change forever later that morning. As explained in the first
chapter of Hiroshima by author John Hersey. " Ms. Toshiko Sasaki, Dr.
Masakazu Fujii, Mrs. Hatsuyo Nakamura, Father Wilhelm Kleinsorge, Dr.
Terfumi Sasaki, and Mr. Kiyoshi Tanimoto were all doing their normal
work and morning chores before suddenly there was a bright
explosion" ( John Hersey pg.1). At that very moment Japan was
impaled with the catastrophic attack that would change the country
forever. Once the survivors were contacted with the ...