Hiroshima Diary

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Hiroshima Diary




At this point in the book, the narrator, Michihiko Hachiya, is taking charge of the Communications Hospital and is beginning to understand what the effects of the nuclear bomb are. The frantic influx of refugees from the bomb is slowing, and the long-term symptoms of radiation poisoning are becoming evident. As these symptoms are being discovered, the doctors go through phases of thinking that certain symptoms are deadly, like petechiae and dysentery. Because of this, the residents of the hospital go through cycles of hope and dread as their symptoms are interpreted, while the doctors struggle to understand fully what their situation is.

We were ll more cheerful. The fact that Dr. Sasada's petechiae had disappeared indicated that the petechiae did not always mean death. This thought cheered us.23 August 1945, page 111, Hiroshima Diary

"Mr. Kadoya had a good sense of humor, though, and always managed to laugh when someone joked about his time in the toilet. I am afraid those of us who went through the pika developed a rather coarse sense of humor."27 August 1945, pages 127-128, Hiroshima Diary

"'We must not forsake life because we are ill'"14 August 1945, page 75, Hiroshima Diary

This quote resembles a proverb which implies the truth of human nature and how it is human nature to persevere through tough situations because things will get better. It also reflects the wisdom Hachiya has gained from living through the experience of the bombing.

This quote displays optimism because the victims are able to joke about the bombing. It demonstrated the progress they have made in terms of recovering and getting a grasp on the situation. The word coarse emphasizes the sense of humor the people have developed, because it exhibits the dark humor and magnifies how rough their situation is and how their personalities have changed because of it.

This quote reveals the optimism people experience. The italicized word “always” further emphasizes how even though the odds were against him, he survived and gave everyone hope. His positive, repetition of the word “cheer” also emphasizes the radiating positivity of the patients.




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