Berlin Wall Source Analysis Essay

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Source Analysis
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ARTICLE 1 (TO PLEASANTNESS BIAS IN FLASHBULB MEMORIES: POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE FLASHBULB MEMORIES OF THE FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL AMONG EAST AND WEST GERMANS)
• Context and Purpose – The purpose of this source is to describe the day that the Berlin wall fell. It described the manner in which the announcement was made as well as what followed. It also summarizes the opinions of people who were involved in the event and the reactions to the announcement . By including the public’s view of the fall of the Berlin wall, the article describes the events prior to this event which could have molded their opinion of it. The purpose of this source is to reveal to generations born after the event how the day panned out so that it would not be forgotten and also to ensure future generations would not make the same mistakes.

• Value
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Many view the Western Powers as innocent in this conflict, however this article states otherwise. This goes against the norm, which is valuable because one person/country’s opinion should not count more than another’s. This source is also valuable because it not only describes East and West Germany’s reaction but the reaction of the rest of the world. It shows that the conflict in Germany was taking place on a much bigger scale.

• Limitations – This source is trying to make you think and questions what you have thought all along. It does this by stating radical assumptions. It is stating these assumptions as if they are facts. This source is not reliable because it could be based on speculation only. These assumptions and speculation are not supported as there is a lack of evidence. Therefore, although this article may have some truth behind it, it is not presented in a way which could be believed. It is also opinionated and one sided.
ARTICLE 3 (UNITED AND DIVIDED: GERMANY SINCE
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