Essay on Victims Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster

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Survivor’s guilt is defined in Andrew M. Colman’s Dictionary of Psychology 4th ed., “a feeling of guilt for surviving a tragedy in which others died, often associated with a sense of having been partly responsible for what happened” (Colman 746). In the wake of tragedy, this feeling can be quite common because it’s easier to accept that there was a reason someone died, even if that means the person places the blame on themself. Surviving is more painful in some ways than dying. The survivor lives to see the reverberations and aftermath long after the person dies, in some cases a physical trauma is sometimes one of the effects along with emotional trauma as illustrated by the victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Svetlana Alexievich’s Voices From Chernobyl is a compilation of a series of interviews and personal accounts from people who were affected by the Chernobyl nuclear reactor explosion. The prologue, “A Solitary Human Voice”, tells the story of Lyudmilla Ignatenko; she was a newlywed at the time of the explosion. Her husband was a fireman and one of the first responders to the explosion, resulting in his exposure to large amounts of radiation. Ignatenko then had to watch as her husband withered away on a hospital bed, sneaking into his room to see him as often as she could. lost her husband and her daughter as a result. Her monologue is one of the largest of the collection. She mentions that she, “didn’t talk about it for ten years” (14). As she tells her story,…

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