The character profile that stood out to me the most was Dr. Sasaki. As the only doctor left in a hospital being over whelmed with sick and injured civilians. He was instantly faced with the task of bandaging cuts, treating burns, and caring for heavily injured after going through the tragedy himself. The combination of these factors can be incredibly overwhelming and would cause most in his position to fail, but instead of being overwhelmed this young doctor did what was necessary to save as many lives as possible. One of the hardest tasks this doctor was faced with though was coping with the fact that for every one person he saved another would die. He was forced to work without emotion as seen on page 34, “Dr. Sasaki lost all sense of profession and stopped working as a skillful surgeon and a sympathetic man; be became an automaton, mechanically wiping, daubing, winding, wiping, daubing, winding.” from man to machine, and from sympathetic to apathetic.
|The blast radius of the A-bomb on Hiroshima.|
In the first chapter of Hiroshima the Hersey describes the city as a fan shaped land mass. This description intrigued me and made me wonder if the geographic shape of the city was part of the reason it was chosen for the bombing. After some researched I found that there were three main reasons as to why the city was chosen to be bombed.
First was the actual shape of the city and its surrounding. Hiroshima is a low resting city with mountains on either side creating almost a semi bowl with the natural water barrier on the other half. Because of this shape the U.S. decided it would be the place where the A-Bomb would be most effective and destructive. Next was the large number of military camps in the area. Hiroshima’s location made it prime for military bases due to its natural sheltering and access to resources. The final reason Hiroshima was chosen was because it was one of the few cities that hadn’t been bombed yet during the war, and as a result the city was able to be used as a measuring device to show how powerful the untested A-bomb was.