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John Hersey's Poem From Hiroshima

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It was on August 6, 1945, when the American warplane the Enola Gay dropped the first Atomic bomb on Japan. This resulted in the deaths of an estimated tens of thousands of people. In John Hersey’s excerpt “from Hiroshima” he tells stories of various surviving victims who witnessed the bombing first hand. Hersey shows through his victims’ stories the destructive, interruptive, and tragic nature of war. First, war even outside the battlefield spreads destruction. One of the victim’s neighbors was forced by the city to demolish his home to make way for wider fire lanes. The neighbor notes her grief for the neighbor who was “tearing down his home, board by board, at a time when there was so much unavoidable destruction” (1040). If it hadn’t
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