Memories of the Atomic Bomb Shown in "Children Are Game" and "Atomic Bomb"

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Ask any two people if they remember where they were on 9/11 and you will receive a stunningly detailed description. However, if you ask those same two people for a detailed account of what happened that day you would receive two vastly different stories. Why is that? Well, memory is a very subjective thing. Public memory is subject to even more hazy recollections. Scholars, witness, and government officials all have different versions about the details. Often times it is artists who bring together these accounts by creating work which encourages public discussion. Two such artists are Isabelle Gardner, writer of the poem "Children Are Game " and Andy Warhol, painter of "Atomic Bomb". These two artists contribute to the collective memory of…show more content…
One could argue these children and the public memory of the bombs are similar. People knew the bomb was deadly, but continued to support the development of more bombs in the same way the children must have known what they were doing was dangerous, but they too continued risk their lives regardless of the warnings they must have received from their parents. Both the children and the people of the times are exhibiting purposeful forgetfulness. They both refuse to acknowledge what they are doing could be dangerous and have created a powerful trap for themselves. Gardner writes "bombs can blossom in any season" and people stuck in these delusions about the bomb not being a tremendous threat to humanity will be unprepared to deal with other of life's unpleasant realities. (Line 14) According to poet critic Ralph Mills, Gardener was most known for her ability to showcase "The hidden fears and hesitancies we nourish in ourselves in a twisted effort to avoid encounters with the multifarious realities of the universe we inhabit" (191). Her metaphor between children and society "forgetting" the dangerous natures of their activities in this poem is an excellent example of her this ability to reflecting back society's feelings about current events and contribute her own version of the bomb story to the collective memory of society. Gardner not only challenged the collective memory of society of the time, she also uses the poem's structure to show a cycle of memory and

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