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.
The desire to reveal the truth about such a significant event
Reinforce humanitarian ideals
Counterbalance triumphalism by documenting the human cost
In what ways was Hiroshima valued in its day?
Why is it valued today? By whom?
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
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?
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.
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.