The hydrogen bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima on 6th August 1945, ripped human beings not only of clothes but also humanity and left them raw, naked and burnt. Comment on the basis of the poem...

The hydrogen bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima on 6th August 1945, ripped human beings not only of clothes but also humanity and left them raw, naked and burnt. Comment on the basis of the poem ''A Doctor's Journal Entry for August 6, 1945''.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The world that Seth depicts in "A Doctor's Journal Entry for August 6, 1945," shows a destroyed world of the hydrogen bomb where human beings were left raw, naked, and burnt.

The poem's descriptions of the initial moments after the bomb was dropped show a human nature ripped of humanity.  This is communicated in lines like "I gasped out, when I saw it was a head: 'Excuse me, please excuse me-' He was dead:  A gate had crushed him."  A head severed from its body reflects dying without dignity.  The painful condition of being decapitated by a falling gate is a reality that shows how the victims of the atomic bomb were denied humanity in the way they died.

The searing heat from the device on the skin is a painful detail that Seth illuminates.  The "friction on their burns caused so much pain" reflects how human beings were reduced to being burnt.  Individuals are relegated to a point where merely moving results in "chafe flesh against flesh again." Combined with this is how human beings became "ghosts, some scarecrows." These details show a raw and naked human condition. At the instant the bomb was dropped, people became shadows of themselves.

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