Summary Of Iris Chang's The Rape Of Nanking

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Each of us has a different sense of what is good and what is bad. Despite the differences in perspective, overall everyone gets a sense of what differs between the two. So it is true that a person may know between what is right and what is wrong, but it is not to say that their choices determine what kind of person they are. Inside all of us there exists both good and bad, and there is a constant struggle as to plays a big part in who they become. For example, during the Iraq War, innocent children were handed grenades and told that doing so was for right and for the good of their community. In these children's hearts they truly believed they are acting justly, but to those they are attacking it is a sad thing to see. This example raises the question, how can these people let their innocent children kill themselves so recklessly? They have to believe that their sacrifice will make them better people, even without thought that as they are protecting their country that they are depriving these children of their lives. It…show more content…
Chang uses her knowledge of this tragedy to bring to light how cruel and relentless the Japanese were during this time, as well as questioning how they could commit such indignities towards the Chinese. She reveals the widespread horror at and disbelief in what was taking place by also mentioning a member of the Nazi Party’s disapproval of the situation. The actions of the Nazis committed indignities of their own in Europe and now being exposed to more horrific events than they thought humanly possible. The rape of Nanking broadens the perspective on evil in human nature by revealing the tragic, brutal, and savage murders being placed upon the Chinese people, but also the good that can be brought out of those who seem cruel when their eyes are opened to such

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