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This first chapter introduces the six main characters of the book. Hersey carefully details their precise locations and actions at the time the bomb flashed. In this chapter, Hersey impresses upon the reader how quickly everything changed when the atomic bomb hits. In one instant, the entire city switches from common, every-day tasks to a panicked struggle for survival.
For instance, it is ironic that Miss Sasaki spends time planning a funeral at work that morning. The funeral, scheduled for ten a. Just fifteen minutes later, a completely unfamiliar type of bomb is dropped on them.
Hersey is showing the reader just how unexpected and undetectable the nuclear attack is for the citizens of Hiroshima. In the second chapter, the reader sees the initial horrors of the atomic experience from the eyes of the survivors. Remarkable and shocking events are told in such a straightforward manner, without commentary, that they are almost more shocking.
For example, Father Kleinsorge assumes that the Hoshijima women were dead under their collapsed house, and begins pulling out one body by the hair. When the body protests in pain, he realizes she is alive.
The reader is further told that both women are largely unhurt. This small event is quite impactful for the reader after hearing of so many in Hiroshima left under their houses to burn to death, with no one even trying to ascertain if they are still alive.
We realize that Father Kleinsorge could have easily left the women in their buried state since he assumes them dead. The fact that they were not only alive but also in good condition shocks us into thinking about the hundreds who no doubt live through the initial blast but perish unnecessarily for lack of rescue.
The survivors continue to be terrified throughout the day as they wonder what had happened. When people become nauseated, they think the Americans have dropped gas to poison them.
When they hear weather planes overhead that afternoon, they fear the Americans are returning to attack them again. In addition, most surviving citizens are badly wounded and nauseated, without adequate food, shelter, or water.
Tanimoto, Father Kleinsorge, and Dr. Sasaki, the other main characters quickly become self-absorbed. The chapter describes how this is the case for the whole city.
Although everywhere people are trapped under burning buildings, no one heeds their desperate cries for help. It fails to assist the survivors in both the first days after the bombing and the months and years of rebuilding their lives and ravaged bodies.
It takes days for other cities to send in doctors, a naval ship promises help but never comes back, and the authorities withhold information about what has happened. The government also refuses to allow accurate information about the bomb to reach the people of the city. As a result, rumors are rampant as to what kind of weapon was used.
This alone would be earth-shattering for a Japanese, taught all their life that the Emperor is God-like and unapproachable at a human level. Another important scene in this chapter is when Rev.
Tanimoto reads a psalm to the dying Mr. This illustrates how the bomb humbled all its victims to the same helpless state. Tanaka, proud, wealthy and an enemy of Rev. Tanimoto, discovers in the wake of the bomb that his former status does nothing to gain him medical treatment.
About to die, he calls for Rev.
Tanimoto to comfort him with religion. Tanaka shows his pastor heart and Christian forgiveness, as well his recognition that all people deserve help when they are in desperate condition. The bomb stimulates the underground organs of vegetation, and within a month of the disaster, fresh greenery covers fallen buildings, ruined houses, and even charred trees.
The juxtaposition of new life, even plant life, with dead buildings and human ashes symbolizes how life must go on for the survivors of Hiroshima, and how they, too, quickly return to living even after so much is destroyed.
The chapter title is also a play-on-words with the symptoms of radiation sickness that most of the main characters are experiencing.
This chapter depicts the main characters facing the hard task of finally rebuilding their lives, after the initial devastation is behind them. In the year following their personal and community catastrophe, each continues to be affected by the bombing, some more seriously than others.
Perhaps the most well-off, financially and physically, is Dr. Yet even he meets further misfortune. This reminds the reader that simply because they survived such a monumental trauma does not mean that the characters are blessed with easy lives afterward.Dr.
Fujii (Dramatic Irony) It is ironic that Dr. Fujii—who, as a physician, has dedicated his career to helping others—ends up living a life of ultimate self-indulgence in the years following the bombing.
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On the way, two days later, at Yokogawa, a stop just before Hiroshima, Dr. Fujii boarded the train. It was the first time the two men had met since before the bombing.
They sat together. Dr. A successful doctor with his own private practice hospital, and one of the six central characters of Hiroshima, Dr. Fujii is arguably the least overtly “moral” character in the book.
Unlike the five other.