What Happened In John Hersey's Hiroshima?

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John Hersey’s Hiroshima is a novel about the day America dropped the atomic bomb and the after effects. It was the greatest single manmade disaster in history. Hiroshima started the day like any other normal city; people were trying to live their lives like there was not a war going on. But the fear of being the next target swept through Hiroshima, other cities were air raided by B-29 also known as Mr. B. Constant air-raid warnings went off every time a United States weather plane flew by. They got so used to the air-raid warning that when it did go off they just ignored it and continued on with daily activities. Civilian who lived in Hiroshima knew the risk of a bomb attack, so some evacuated. Others destroyed their homes hoping to prevent…show more content…
How the Japanese are just going through the struggle, understanding that life cannot be predicted. Hersey has ironic meanings in this novel. Things that nobody would have put together or looked at in that perspective. “There, in the tin factory, in the first moment of the atomic age, a human being was crushed by books, (Hersey 23).” In all of reality, books are somewhat outdated or obsolete today but then, books were power; books were only known to help. But in this case books hurt or injured Ms.…show more content…
“Over everything—up through the wreckage of the city, in gutters, along the riverbanks, tangled among tiles and tin roofing, climbing on charred tree trunks—was a blanket of fresh, vivid, lush, optimistic green; the verdancy rose even from the foundations of ruined houses. Weeds already hid the ashes, and wild flowers were in bloom among the city's bones, (Hersey 91).” The inclusion of this observation provides the narrative with hope as well as a touch of irony. The most destructive apparatus ever made by man has eradicated over a hundred thousand people, annihilated the entire city, and changed the future of modern warfare to this day. Yet nature still went on and flourishes in the cracks caused by the destruction. More than merely surviving, nature seems to be taking over in a way that gives Miss Sasaki “the creeps,” as if humans have had their chance to contain the world they wanted, and nature is returning to take over again. Like a punishment or have been banned from living in this world the way humans want. Hersey was against the bomb dropping. He has not said it straight out, but within the hidden literature, there are his feelings. Feelings that say maybe the human race does not deserve to control their own lives since someone always gets hurt. Hersey spent over 40 years on this novel, if he was over the war and felt that it was wrong he would
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