JohnHersey’s book Hiroshima,provides an informative view regarding the impact of the bombing ofHiroshima, Japan, during the Second World War. Hersey’s workprimarily focuses on the reasons behind the bombing and the negativeeffects it had on Japan over the subsequent years. The authorexplores the necessity of the act, as well as its validity as amilitary strategy during the war, considering its impact on Japan’scivilian population. The book has attracted several responses fromvarious authors including Fenrich, who argues that even though theimpact of the bombing on Japan is undeniable, Hersey’s perspectiveoverlooks the impact on the American population. Fenrich argues thatAmericans were victims of the events culminating in the bombing, aswell as the aftermath.
Thispaper analyzes Fenrich’s use of rhetoric in developing his argumentin response to Hersey’s work.
-Rhetoricis a stylistic tool that enhances a writer’s ability to persuade,inform, and convince the audience regarding the authenticity andvalidity of information presented in literature (Fenrich 3).
-The main elements that Fenrich uses include statistical data,cultural considerations, and imagery
-Statistics provide factual information with support from varioussources, which increases the credibility of the author’s arguments.Examples include the number of people who were affected in Americaand Japan by the Hiroshima bombing.
-Imageryserves to enable the audience relate to the author’s description ofevents. Fenrich uses contrast between the losses experienced in Japanand America to emphasize his argument.
Contrastbetween the cultures in America and Japan before and after thebombing help accentuate the author’s argument that America was asmuch a victim of the bombing as Japan was.
Fenrich,Lane. “Mass Death in Miniature: How Americans Became Victims of theBomb”. In Selden, Mark and HEIN, Laura (eds.). Living with theBomb: American and Japanese Cultural conflicts in the Nuclear Age. New Jersey: M. E. Sharpe, 1997. Print