Grave of the Fireflies
The effects on families
During WWII an estimated 200,000 or more Japanese people were killed and a lot were left homeless. Due to this, as well as the firebombing of Tokyo and fathers being in the military, many families were torn apart and separated from each other. In the movie, Seita and Setsuko’s father was in the military and they were separated from their mother after she died due to the firebombings. All families were under a lot of stress. They had to look after each other and only got small, indecent rations of food to share around. Some families looked after the children of other lost family members and some just took in abandoned children who had lost both parents. Because Seita and Setsuko lost both of their parents they went to their aunt’s house so she could care for them. In WWII women and children had to help in the war effort. Children had to do various tasks around their community during this time. They manufactured things for the soldiers such as uniforms, weapons and other various goods. Children also pulled down houses to create firebreaks and rebuilt other houses inside that area. Younger children might have done small errands for the soldiers to get more food for their families. Seita and Setsuko didn’t go out to work and their aunt accused them of not earning their food. Their aunt had the rest of her family to look after as well and because they went out to work she thought it was only fair that they get more food.
The effects on the Japanese economy
The effect of the war on the Japanese economy was devastating. The food rations, for the general public, became smaller as the soldiers were receiving most of the available food. The bombings and the fires were destroying a lot of the food but really Japan was just running out of supplies. Seita and Setsuko had to search for food and eating what they could find. When Seita tried to steal food he got into trouble because the farmer needed all the food he could...
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