Atomic Bombs In Los Alamos

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The events that ended World War II in Japan are well known. Feelings about the choice made to drop atomic bombs on Japan are varied. Some feel that the destruction could have been avoid, while others feel that the choice was unavoidable and possibly saved more lives than it took. The scientists that built the atom splitting bombs dealt with many of the same ethical questions still posed about the bombs. Ultimately, the decisions made about the bombs would affect numerous generations beyond the current one.
The courses of action taken at Los Alamos were not taken on a whim. Scientists and politicians wanted to start building an atomic bomb because they feared Germany was also making atomic bombs. Originally, America’s atomic bombs were
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The film focuses on an elderly woman – Grandma – that lived through the bombings, her children, and her grandchildren. The bombing of Nagasaki directly affects each character in the film. Grandma’s husband was killed in the bomb, leaving her to raise her kids alone. Grandma’s kids moved to Hawaii, leaving the grandchildren to live with their grandmother. It is apparent that the parents left for Hawaii to forget the bombing. While she raises them, Grandma impresses on the grandchildren how devastating the bomb was. The grandchildren are unsure of how to feel towards America for dropping the bombs; Grandmother encourages them to be forgiving toward America because all actions taken in war are desperate and not well thought out. Although officials tried to think through the choice to drop the bombs, they also felt trapped into the choices they made. The movie addresses the feelings towards Americans directly when the parents return to Japan with plans to bring the rest of their family to Hawaii. Unexpectedly, the parents’ American cousin, Clark, joins the family in Japan. While nervous about his presence at first, the parents did not expect the comfort that Clark brought. Clark empathizes with the family and supports them in their mourning of the tragedy. Clark’s emotions about the bombing reinforce the forgiving attitude that Grandma advised the grandchildren to take towards Americans. The effects on all generations of this family also reinforce that the decisions made about the atomic bombs would have massive, long-lasting

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