The novel Hiroshima by John Hersey depicts a tragedy of mass human suffering when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Hersey tells many stories that actually happened of people dying painful deaths and suffering for long periods of time. I believe that Hersey was against the dropping of the bomb because of his vivid descriptions, personal stories from the victims, and the concern for the future of the survivors.
“He reached down and took the woman by the hands, but her skin slipped off in huge, glove like pieces” (45). This gruesome scene is just one of the many vivid descriptions that are seen throughout the story. Hersey really tries to capture the attention and use shock to instill sympathy and sorrow into the reader to get his point across that he is against the dropping of the bomb. He uses very detailed, precise words to describe most of the scenes in the book, and the shock is constant. Sentence after sentence, a different bloody, gory scene is described with painful detail. Hersey also connects the mass destruction of buildings with the nastiness of human gore and death throughout the novel, especially when he says “Ceilings and partitions had fallen: plaster, dust, blood, and vomit everywhere. Patients were dying by the hundreds, but there was nobody to carry away the corpses” (46-47). This helps the reader visualize the exact scene that Hersey is trying to describe, as told by the actual victims of the bomb.
John Hersey also included in his novel personal stories that actually happened to people. This helps the reader develop an emotional connection to the people in the story, causing them to feel sympathy for the victims of the bomb. For example, Hersey tells the story of Dr. Sasaki, a young surgeon at the Red Cross Hospital, who is left as one of the only people able to help all of the wounded that flooded to the hospital. “Dr. Sasaki worked without method, taking those who were nearest him first, and he noticed soon that the...
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