Hiroshima Essay

679 Words Apr 3rd, 2005 3 Pages
The most significant theme in John Hersey's book "Hiroshima" are the long- term effects of war, confusion about what happened, long term mental and physical scars, short term mental and physical scars, and people being killed.

The confusing things after the A-bomb was dropped on Hiroshima where that the city had been wiped out, all means of communication where gone, all the roads and street signes where wiped out, destroyed or blocked by collapsed buildings "…saw through the darkness that all the houses in her neighbourhood had collapsed."1 People not knowing what had happened as there had been no siting of a plane before the bomb was dropped, not being sure if a bomb or a fire had caused all the damage "The Americans are dropping
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People trying to help rescue and escape from the fire and city but not able to due to more fire and destruction "He tried several cross streets, but all were blocked."5, and "…as he approached the centre, that all the houses had been crushed and many were afire… he tried several points to penetrate the ruins, but the flames stopped him."6

After the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima the Japanese death rate was declared to be 78150 people dead, 13983 people missing, and 37425 people where injured. All these deaths from one bomb. "..Scientists swarmed into the city"7, these American scientists where not their to help the Japanese survivors, but to collect the information about the bomb, what the effect was on people and land, the shock wave, effect close the bomb and far away. This information was gathered by these American scientists and locked away in, on American shores where almost no one had access to it. This shows that the bomb being dropped was not just to help the Americans win the war, but also as a scientific experiment on humans.

It can be said that after the bombing on Hiroshima, that America have not changed their ways because today and every other day they are still causing destruction in the world and still causing deaths, whether it be through war, trying to help other countries or by getting involved in

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