Hersey's Stand Against Tragic Injustice

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Donya Augustin Professor Oleszczuk English 2730 2 Dec. 2010 Hersey’s Stand Against Tragic Injustice World War II was a global military conflict that lived through the years 1939 to the year 1945, in which most of the world’s nations were involved. World War II is known as the most widespread war in history. The Second World War is also the deadliest conflict in history as well; casualties were estimated at about fifty million. One of the most imperative components of the war was the United States’ dropping of atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The atomic bombs were dropped on the sixth and the ninth of August in the year 1945. The estimated death count of civilians from Hiroshima and Nagasaki shot up to a depressing number of 220,000. Six days after the bomb was dropped in Nagasaki, Japan surrendered to the Allied Powers, which officially ended the Pacific War and therefore concluded World War II. In the book Hiroshima, John Hersey expounds the severity of a war, vindicating how combat brutally affects the lives of civilians. Throughout his heart-touching novel, Hiroshima, John Hersey clearly makes known through the text’s influential characters, disturbing plot, and detailed setting, that he was strongly against the decision to drop the bomb. Throughout the text Hiroshima, Hersey vastly illustrates the severe effects of war on a community. By centering the book around the different lives of six individual Japanese people who survived the bombing in the year 1945, Hersey subdued the readers of his novel into being personally touched by their devastating stories. Hersey explains the whereabouts of the six characters when the bombs were dropped in the city of Hiroshima, and how the disaster affected many aspects of their lives. Hersey goes into detail as to how the nuclear explosions hurt the city and its’ residents. Hersey makes sure

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