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Hiroshima Book Evaluation - Mercado

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Book Evaluation Denis E. Mercado11-1-12 6th hour.1 Hersey ,John ,
Hiroshima 
, New York, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 19892 John Hersey has been widely known for his various book such as
A Bell for Adano, The Wall, Antonietta ,Blues 
and many more. Hersey was a Pulitzer Prize winner and his workwas judged as the finest piece of journalism in the 20th century.Born from missionary American parents born in China, Hersey learned to speak Chinese before english . Hisoccupations included teaching, journalism and Novelist. His work took a whole issue of 
The New Yorker 
, something that had never been done before, or has since.3 The title refers to the whole concept of the book, it tells you it revolves around the citywhere the first atomic bomb was dropped.4 In this book there are 6 personalized characters , and I believe they are equallyimportant because the bomb affects each of them differently.a Mrs.Hatsuyo Nakamura is a tailor 
’s widow trying to raise her 3 children on her 
own, she is displayed as a dedicated caring and resourceful citizen . I would liketo point out she is the only person profiled in the book who is in charge of afamily.She manages to survive explosion without psychical external harm ,however she and her daughter Myeko later are diagnosed with radiation sicknessand battle with it for years. Along with that she is the only person who suffersfrom poverty compared to the other characters , thus she cares more about her 
children’s’ and her fate rather than the community as a whole.But even with
these impediments later she is portrayed without hatred or resentment , eventhough she was just a lab rat to the worst act in history. This reflects how manycitizens in Hiroshima view the war as an inevitable part of history and try to carryout their remainder of their lives as best as they can.b Dr.Terufumi Sasaki is a Red Cross Hospital surgeon , who was only twenty-fivewhen the bomb was dropped. He is portrayed as a selfless ,ambitious , idealisticand hardworking person . It is mentioned that he would risk receiveing penaltiesby treating injured people in the suburbs without a permit. He is the onlyphysician at his hospital who remained unharmed from the explosion , he treatsthousands upon thousands of hurt and dying people on Hiroshima. Dr. Sasakicontributed to the treatment and analysis of radiation sickness for years , along
with devoting his time in search of effective removal of keloids. Dr. Sasaki’s
research later resulted in more harm than good. Later Sasaki leaves to set up hisown private clinic , in order to escape his traumatic and gruesome memories , tobegin fresh. Emotionally , Sasaki is kept more at a distance , which heavilyemphasizes how he seeks no recognition or praise for all the excruciating workhe does.Yet , Hersey counters this at a point where Sasaki expresses how thepeople responsible for the explosion should be hanged, but still is deeplyimpacted by his experiences. We can infer that to diferentiate from the other 
citizens who tried to return to their life Sasaki’s drastic action of leaving reflects a
 
deep level of suffering and how he was tormented , thus having the need toforget what he experienced .c Father Wilhelm Kleinsorage is a German Jusuit Priest who comforts many of thedying and wounded in the explosion through the years. Though not seriouslyinjured from the explosion he also is diagnosed with radiation sickness , whichresults in him being weak and tired and often needing lenghthy stays in thehospital. His character has two main purposes , first he can give a non-japaneseview on some significant events , second it shows how the bomb was a kind of equalizer who brought everyone together under a cloud of suffering anddespair.He does not change much through out the book just changes his nameto Father Makoto Takatura, reflecting on the Japanese people on a positive wayand can also be infered of being a symbol of strenght within a community anddedication that resulted from the bombing.d Toshiko Sasaki was a 20 year old clerk who worked to take care of siblings andfamily, she is injured and receives no medical care for her leg injury for weeksthus she remains crippled all of her life. Her fiance abandons her as a result andshe is encouraged to convert to Christianity which results in her havingopportunities and regain optimism concerning her future. She is completelyimmobilized thus suffering greatly from isolation.e Dr. Masakazu Fujji serves as a big contrast to all the other characters , when thebomb explodes his private clinic becomes toppled into the water, later he rebuildsit and remains successful with connections to American Members.His few injuriesfrom the explosion heal and he continues his career comfortably . Yet his deathis the most drastic , he dies after being in a coma for eleven years and his wifeand son fight over his inheritance after his death , which ultimately leads to alawsuit.f Reverend Mr. Kiyoshi Tanimoto is a kind and thoughtful pastor who workswithout end to aid nameless dying and wounded to safety , since he was notinjured he feels ashamed to be healthy while there is death and decay aroundhim so he puts all his energy towards helping the wounded. He is later affectedby radiation sickness and loses some of his vitality . After the war he travels to America to raise money for the same cause and peace in japan, which backfiresand results in him as being viewed as a publicity seeker by both countries.Ironically , the time he spent in America trying to reach his goal , the movementgoes on in Japan meanwhile and he plays no role in it. Out of all the charactersthe most difficult to understand is Mr.Tanimoto because he seems to representhumility of Japanese culture , yet he has the strongest ties to America whichresults in him trying to go the extra mile to prove his loyalty . He receivesgovernment suspicion from both Japan and America or his actions . Yet herseyfocuses on him more than any other character , he even ends the narrative withaging Mr. Tanimoto which shows significance .5 Two places on
the book are Dr. Fuji’s private clinic which is described as modern andexpensive and Mr. Tanimoto’s travels to the U.S and how they amazed him.
 

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