Book Review Of Farewell To Manzanar

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December 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed American naval base, Pearl Harbor. In 1942, Japanese internment camps were built to restrict the Japanese in America. In response to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, on August 6, 1945 America bombed the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Hiroshima, by John Hersey, is a journalistic narrative that gives the accounts of six Japanese citizens that endured the atomic bomb. Hersey’s attitude in Hiroshima is to inform others of the consequences of the atomic bomb and the destruction it caused Hiroshima. Farewell to Manzanar, by Jeanne Wakatsuki, is a personal memoir that explains her family’s internment experience at Camp Manzanar, a Japanese internment camp. Wakatsuki wrote this memoir to explain how the Japanese felt…show more content…
The priests were still collecting themselves when they passed by the ruins of houses and heard screams for help. Sadly, “because of the fire it was too late to help”(Hersey 28). This is the first example of the worst human experience. Father Kleinsorge and the other priests had to make the decision not to help people who were trapped and soon to be killed by the fires. In the image above, fires from the explosion of the atomic bomb take over the city of Hiroshima. This is an example of the fires that trapped people in their homes and killed them. Another citizen named Toshinki Sasaki, was trapped under a bookshelf because of the bomb. When she heard people talking near her she yelled for help. The man realized she was too deep to get her out on his own and so he left to find help. After being gone for a long time, he returned telling Miss Sasaki, “we have no men to help you!”(Hersey 32). The man then left her practically for dead since she could not free herself. Thankfully she was found later by men who helped her out from under the bookshelf. The man represents the issue many faced after the bomb of helping people or staying and risking their life as well trying to save another person. The bombing of Pearl Harbor targeted the Americans Navy. When America bombed Hiroshima, they did intend to target some Japanese military but mostly destroyed the civilian population. This…show more content…
Tanimoto saw the severely injured in the river trying to escape the rising water. After looking around, Mr. Tanimoto found a boat next to a group of deceased men. He had to remove the dead from in and around the boat in order to use it to rescue the victims in the river. For hours nonstop, Tanimoto got the people from the river to safety at higher ground. This is an example of one of the best human experiences right after a major tragedy. He was focused on helping others rather than just saving himself. Later in Hiroshima, Dr. Sasaki was bombarded by victims from the bombing. Thousands and thousands of people flooded the damaged hospital begging for help from the few remaining doctors and nurses. Dr. Sasaki began helping victims immediately, putting off finding his own mother and checking his own well-being. Dr. Sasaki worked for “three days straight with only one hour’s sleep”(Hersey 56). This is a great example of pure dedication from a doctor to those in need. Dr. Sasaki put aside his personal issues and helped everyone and anyone he could during this devastation. In the image to the left is the Red Cross Hospital in Hiroshima. This is the hospital that Dr. Sasaki worked in before and after the bomb. The destruction is clearly visible and confirms the chaos Dr. Sasaki had dealt with. Years after the bomb, Father Wilhelm Kleinsorge visited other victims of the bomb and spent time helping them get comfort. Father had the worst medical issues from the six
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