Analysis Of The Article ' Thank God For The Atom Bomb '

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The atom bomb is a bomb that derives its destructive power from the rapid release of nuclear energy by fission of heavy atomic nuclei, causing damage through heat, blast, and radioactivity. To create this weapon of mass destruction the government started the Manhattan Project and the main mastermind behind this project was Robert Oppenheimer. The project lasted from 1942 to 1946 and its goal was to create the first nuclear weapons for World War II. On August 6, 1945, the American bomber Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima and killed 80,000 people. On August 9, 1945, another bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki, killing 40,000 more people. Then a few days later, Japan announced its surrender from World War II. In the article “Thank God for the Atom Bomb” by Paul Fussell he explains how the atom bomb needed to be dropped to save soldiers lives and to end the war. Paul Fussell was a twenty-one year old second infantry lieutenant during World War II and he saw all the horrors of combat first hand. He was leading a rifle platoon and his division was to take part in the invasion of Honshu. He had become very injured during the German War and because of it he could barley jump. When him and the rest of the soldiers learned the atomic bomb was going to be dropped and they wouldn’t have to continue fighting they cried tears of relief. Fussell thought to himself “We are going to live. We were going to grow to adulthood after all.” Fussell knew and…
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