Shellie Sharpe Rough Draft(MWA#1)
English 101 A11
14 September 2015
Ok so, everyone knows that war is never pretty and for most people, something we never want to be in the middle of. And in Berger’s story “Hiroshima” and Lakoff’s story “From Ancient Greece to Iraq, the Power of Words in Wartime” both contain some riveting intent. Berger’s the more painful, physical side of the aftermath war always brings and Lakoff’s, the more of the mental preparation that goes on to make war “tolerable” or even “honorable”.
Being a or the red blooded All American girl that I am, as I was reading Berger’s “Hiroshima”, I will admit that what I was feeling initially was mostly anger! That is, before I sat back and read it and re read it again more critically and with an open mind. In doing this, I was able to actually visualize and put my-self in their shoes(may not use this)
When this war was going on of course I wasn’t even born yet, so all I can rely on is the thoughts and words of others. Don’t be mistaken, words can be very powerful suggestions when used in certain conditions. As we saw or learned in Lakoff’s story. Maybe read?? When he quotes, “bullets and bombs are not the only tools of war. Words, too, play their part” (14). Also stating, “In World War II, Americans referred to the Japanese as “japs” (15). Saying that the military uses propaganda giving the enemy these slang names so that it makes it easier for the soldier not to identify with them, as being an equal counterpart of who they are.
War is never easy, no matter the outcome, no matter the side that finally decides to throw in the towel. There is no winning. The mere mention of World War I, brings up a lot of different sentiment. As I mentioned at the beginning of my story, I wasn’t even born at the time when the atomic bombs were descended upon the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. But being assigned this assignment, called for some extensive research on my part. And what...