Hiroshima John Hersey Summary

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John Hersey’s article ‘Hiroshima’, first published in the New Yorker on the 31st of August 1946, was influential in shaping both American and Global sentiment in regards to the deployment of nuclear weapons , startling a previously apathetic populace into confronting the horrors encountered by individuals in Hiroshima. Hersey bases his article around the experiences of six individuals present during the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, instead of recounting in totality the effects of the bomb, the focalisation on the individuals gives a distinctly human feel to the composition, a significant factor when referring to how the text directed sentiments, since the American population In particular only had limited exposure to the implications that the dropping of the bomb had, due to stringent censorship on Hiroshima related material and the exposure they did have, for example pictures taken of nuclear weapon testing on the bikini atoll failed to encapsulates the ‘human’ effect of the bomb. This victim’s point of…show more content…
Though many Americans remained steadfast in the belief that the deployment of the bomb on Hiroshima was a legitimate decision, the thought of it happening again was unappealing, especially with growing tensions with the communist Soviet Union where nuclear deployment towards Americans was a real threat, as one reader put “I read Hersey’s report. I was marvellous. Now let’s drop a handful on Moscow” emphasising that American sentiment was un-condemning of nuclear warfare, though contemplation of the effects was certainly brought to the fore by John Hersey’s
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