The Johnstown Flood

896 WordsFeb 24, 20134 Pages
Response Paper of the Johnstown Flood “Johnstown flood” is a short story written by David McCullough. This story talks about the miraculous survival of a little girl named Gertrude. Gertrude’s sheer luck got her up the hill safely. Of course, with the help of several people she met along the way. I think that this is an extraordinary act of how worked together and some people put his/her life at risk to save a small child that they didn’t even knew. I fell that this is a great example of how human beings come together in times of need and extreme danger and in the way that we try to protect ourselves from disaster. The author of this non-fiction story frames it in a very or extremely apocalyptic way. However I would have not…show more content…
And how magically the guy caught her without slipping. I say to that “DAHM. That girl luck as hell, heaven, and limbo, and if I left out a spiritual category include it.” I can compare the story with Noah's Ark from the bible. It is the same tragedy of the world ending with water. The only difference is that in the story it wasn’t the word that ended, it was a town and it took lots of innocent lives. Why? Because of the lack of humanism and empathy that the rich have. Sometimes I would like it if I saw those people in difficult situations and we did what they do, ignore then, just to see how they would fell when people start looking at them over the shoulder. Treating them like dirt, like Henry Frick treated all those poor steel workers. He worked them until exhaustion and, in the strike of 1892, killed some of them. He had no respect for the life of his workers. Maybe that’s why they tried to kill him, serves him right. Carnegie got off the hock with all the community work he did to clear his name, but he was just as guilty as Frick. Andrew knew what was happening, but didn’t do anything to stop Frick and his reign of terror in the Company’s
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