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message 1: by Eric (new)

Eric Please identify and describe the characters. Also describe the point-of-view.

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Eric Update #2: Please describe the "occasion" of the book. What is the historical or cultural context? How does it fit in the "time" of its publication?

message 3: by Jay (new)

Jay Krull (scrumpgod) | 2 comments In this story we are introduced to 6 individual characters. The characters are all people that lived in Hiroshima in 1945, and that survived the atomic bomb that the United States dropped on Hiroshima.

The first character that we are introduced to is Toshiko Sasaki, who is a clerk in the personnel department of the East Asia Tin Works. Next, we learn about Dr. Masakazu Fujii who owns a private hospital which hangs over one of the seven rivers that run through Hiroshima. Mrs. Hatsuyo Nakamura is a widow to a tailor who lives in rural Hiroshima. Father Wilhelm Kleinsorge, who is a German priest at the Society of Jesus. Dr. Terufumi Sasaki, who is a young member of the large Red Cross Hospital in Hiroshima. Lastly, there is Reverend Kiyoshi Tanimoto who is a pastor at the Hiroshima Methodist Church. The story describes how lucky these 6 survivors were to be in the right place at the right time to be able to survive the devastating atomic blast.

This story is written in third person objective point of view. This means that the narrator talks about all the characters without being in the story and talks about them like they have an objective, or in an objective way. The narrator doesn't talk about any of the character's feelings, problems, opinions, etc, he instead talks about them in an unbiased, objective point of view.

message 4: by Jay (new)

Jay Krull (scrumpgod) | 2 comments An occasion is a particular time or instance of an event. So the occasion of this book would be August 6, 1945. This is the day that the United States dropped one of two atomic bombs, this one on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

The historical context refers to the attitudes and emotions of the characters in this book. I feel like the characters in this book were innocent, and probably didn't have any particular hatred for America, although, there was lots of conflict between the U.S. and Japan during this time period. The culture helps describe what the characters are like and how they live their lives in Japan. This gives us an idea of what every day lives are like for average citizens that lived in Japan in 1945. It also helps us to compare them to what average Americans were like during this time.

This all fits in the time of its publication because this time period was a world wide event. World War 2 affected many countries and their allies. Millions of lives were lost in World War 2 and this story takes place during an important event in World War 2. This was when the United States wanted to get back at Japan for attacking Pearl Harbor. Around 140,000 people died when Hiroshima was bombed, and this story focuses on 6 characters who were lucky enough to survive it.

message 5: by Grace (new)

Grace Smith | 1 comments It is August 6, 1945 (occasion), this is the day that the world changed forever. On August 6, 1945, the United States basically started World War 2, by dropping an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Although Japan dropped a bomb on Pearl Harbor, this was when full on warfare began.

Historically this is one of the most unforgettable days in history. It changed our world forever. It affected everyone in the books lives. Although not all Americans wanted/knew the bomb was going to drop, it would be hard for anyone to not feel some hatred towards Americans. With where the story occurs, the culture influences the way everyone reacts and feels after the bomb was dropped. What I'm saying is that so many people died, that even if you lived I feel like you would wish you didn't, most people that you love and know are gone now, and everything you own was destroyed. Considering the time period, they didn't have near as much technology as we do now, and so rebuilding/starting over would be so much harder, than it is now. It impacted everyone around the world, not just the people of Japan.

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