I think the two character's that impacted me the most are Dr. Terufumi Sasaki and Kiyoshi Tanimoto. I will remember Dr. Sasaki because he was a surgeon at the Red Cross hospital and he did everything he could to help save the people in his community. That says a lot about his character. He later operates on his own wife's leg, which I'm sure was hard. The other character I'll always remember is Mr Tanimoto because he helped save many people by bringing them to safety. That says a lot about him because he helped save many people's lives and he didn't have to do that.
The reaction or response of mine that I don't want to forget was the feeling after reading the first and second chapters. The way John Hersey described everything, you could almost picture all of the people taking cover when seeing the light and all the dead bodies they found after the bombing. It gives you a feeling of gratefulness that we haven't gone through that.
Three passages I don't want to forget are:
"Disposal of the dead, by decent cremation and enshrinement, is a greater moral responsibility to the Japanese than adequate care of the living." (pg. 63) This just is a nice way of saying they wanted to dispose of the dead in an appropriate way for their inside morals. I like the way this phrase is written and it just paints a good picture in your mind of exactly what Hersey is saying.
"eye sockets were hollow, the fluid from their melted eyes had run down their cheeks." (pg. 51) This is so gory but it really shows how serious everything was. It made me think of like walking dead and like walking zombies, but this was the harsh reality of what was really happening, I'm sure it was absolutely horrifying to the Hiroshima people.
"Much of Dr. Sasaki's work as a surgeon at the Red Cross Hospital in the next five years was in the removal of keloid scars-hideously ugly, thick, itchy, rubbery, copper-red crablike growths that often formed over bad burns that hibakusha had suffered, and particularly those victims who had been exposed to the great heat of the bomb within two kilometers of the hypo-center." I like this explanation of what exactly radiation does to your skin. It takes time but it does eventually hurt you.
I think the best way to avoid such catastrophes in the future is to do what Mr. Tanimoto did and preach and practice peace. I don't know much about world issues but that's what I would say is best to prevent conflict. Activate peace. Every country deserves peace; every person can preach peace.