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Texts and Ways of Thinking ‘After the Bomb’. Hersey’s Hiroshima. Paradigms affecting the composition and reception of the text. The desire to reveal the truth about such a significant event Reinforce humanitarian ideals Counterbalance triumphalism by documenting the human cost. Context.

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paradigms affecting the composition and reception of the text
Paradigms affecting the composition and reception of the text

The desire to reveal the truth about such a significant event

Reinforce humanitarian ideals

Counterbalance triumphalism by documenting the human cost

context
Context

Historical?

Literary?

Social/cultural?

In what ways was Hiroshima valued in its day?

Why is it valued today? By whom?

human consequence of atomic bomb focus on characters
Human consequence of Atomic bomb focus on characters

In Hiroshima, the dropping of the bomb is experienced through the eyes of six survivors:

Two doctors, Terufumi Sasaki and Masakazu Fujii;

Two religious figures, Father Wilhelm Kleinsorge, a German missionary, and Reverend Kiyoshi Tanimoto, a Japanese Methodist minister

Two women, Toshiko Sasaki, a clerk in a factory, and Mrs Hatsuyo Nakamura, a poor tailor’s widow with three children

Comment on the selection of these characters

characterization
Characterization

Produce an A4 page of notes on each character commenting on:

Their social and personal context

Their actions and situation immediately before the blast

How each character develops and functions throughout the narrative

Your own view of the significance of selecting this character in relation to paradigms

How do the characters function in this text in relation to paradigms and receptions both at the time of publication and in a contemporary context?

chapters 1 4 stylistic features the attempt at objectivity and the truth
Chapters 1-4 Stylistic Features—the attempt at objectivity and the truth

Locate and comment on three examples of eye-witness recounts

Locate and comment on three examples of technical descriptions

Locate and comment on three examples of simple sentences and their effects

Locate examples of the use of graphic realism; i.e. The emphasis on the physical drama and actions of people and things—particularly the horrific effects of the blast.

Locate three examples of interpretation and comment on their effects.

interpretation
Interpretation

Locate and comment on three examples of commentary relating to the use of the atomic bomb. (Chapter 3)

Locate and comment on three views about the Japanese military and civilian government.