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Summary of A Doctor’s Journal Entry for August 6, 1945 by Vikram Seth

A Doctor’s Journal Entry for August 6, 1945 by Vikram Seth is a remarkable poem describing the horrors of the aftermath of an atomic bomb explosion. This tragic poem describes the condition of the survivors of the atomic bombing by the United States on Hiroshima during the end of the World War II on 6th of August 1945.
The narrator in the poem, A Doctor’s Journal Entry for August 6, 1945, is a doctor. The poem begins with a calm and serene note. The doctor says that it was dawn and he was in his bed, not fully clothed. When he stretched out and looked outside, he saw shining leaves and shadows. In the next moment, there were two sudden flashes of strong light and
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His legs felt wasted and he sat down on the ground. He was thirsty but he did not find any water to drink. He was panting but finally he got up with little strength and walked towards the hospital.
The narrator in A Doctor’s Journal Entry for August 6, 1945 was naked but felt no shame at his state. He came across a soldier who gave him a towel. The doctor could not walk anymore, he told his wife to move ahead alone. She did not wish to but they had no other choice. The doctor’s mind was working but the body refused to work or move ahead. He saw shadow-like appearances of people, some resembled ghosts and some scarecrows but everybody was silent and numb. Some of the survivors were walking with their arms hanging loose from their body. It took a lot of time for the doctor to understand what has happened.
The doctor was surprised to see people walking naked as if it was a naked parade. He encountered a woman and a child both unclothed who seemed like as if they had come out straight from a bath.
The doctor encounters another naked man until then he realized that something horrific has happened that had burnt down people’s clothes. He comes across an old woman who was lying on the ground, her face distorted. But she was not grumbling. Silence was around and in the face of all men and women. Each and everyone was dumbfounded and speechless, they even could not cry out of pain.

A Doctor’s Journal Entry for August 6, 1945 by Vikram Seth as an anti-war poem

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