Write An Essay Of 950 To 1200 Words On How Historical Facts Are Represented In The Texts You Have Studied. You Must Make Detailed Reference To Your Focus Texts And Related Texts.

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"Some were vomiting as they walked. Many were naked or in shreds of clothing. On some undressed bodies, the burns had made patterns of undershirt straps and suspenders and, on the skin of some women, the shapes of flowers they had had on their kimonos. Many, although injured themselves, supported relatives who were worse off. Almost all had their heads bowed, looked straight ahead, were silent, and showed no expression whatever".The focus text Hiroshima By John Hersey and the supplementary text The Crucible by Arthur Miller and the related film All Quiet On The Western Front produced by Carl Laemmle Jr and directed by Lewis Milestone and the documentary They Took The Children away-Aboriginal Family Experiences produced by Equality Videos are all based on actual historical events. When the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, few could have anticipated its potential for devastation. The words of Miss Sasaki, Dr. Fujii, Mrs. Nakamara, Father Kleinsorge, Dr. Sasaki, and the Reverend Tanimoto gave a face to the statistics that saturated the media and solicited an overwhelming public response. http://all-garden-books.com/0679721037.html. However, the historical facts are all represented in different ways. They differed in the way that the information was gained and the genre. Also, the composers and directors various use of language and techniques used to get their point across. All of the studied texts were examples of reportage, but Hiroshima is the most purest form of a report because it is a first hand eye witness account, factual and does not contain bias, it contains 'unvarnished facts,' while the supplementary texts were examples of reports they contained some form of bias. The crucible and All quiet on the Western Front were changed for entertainment purposes and the documentary relied heavily on the people's memories and could have been exaggerated and has an emotional factor.Firstly, historical facts are represented in different ways. They differ in the manner, which the facts are gained and also the genre is different. The genre for Hiroshima in a novel based on investigative reporting. The Crucible is a tragedy and shows the gullibility of the people at the time. The film's genre is a war drama. It shows how a German soldier went to war as an innocent boy and then sees and experiences the horror of war. While the documentary's genre is also investigative reporting through interviews. The manner, which the facts were gained in the novel Hiroshima by John Hersey was done in a way that no bias or wrong information could seep through. John Hersey interviewed the Hibakusha a few days before the bombing, a few days after, a year later and then revisits the survivors forty years later. This gives the reader a sense of consistency. He also chooses to report about people that have a very different role in society but are all important. He chooses two priests a local one and a foreign one. Two doctors both with very different personalities. A...

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