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Reaction Paper 1 - Spencer A Stewart 15 February 2008...

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Spencer A. Stewart 15 February, 2008 Reaction Paper 1 Hadashi No Gen (Barefoot Gen) For the first reaction paper, I chose to write about Hadashi No Gen (Barefoot Gen). This manga is a look at the lives of people in Japan after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. More specifically, the manga is the author’s, Keiji Nakazawa, semiautobiographical account of life immediately after World War 2. A subject that is very significant to the author because of the loss of his family due to that tragic event. Even though the story attempts to accurately portray the bombing of Hiroshima and the devastation it caused, Hadashi No Gen focuses on the indomitable spirit, dreams, and good heartedness of the Japanese people after the bombing. The excerpt displayed in Japan Pop! depicts a young boy, Ryuta, selling a fake silk dress to a crowd of people like an auctioneer. Ryuta plays the crowd and sends them all into laughter with his silly jokes and exaggerations. He tells the crowd that dresses like the one he is selling are the latest thing in what he calls “glamorous America” (Craig 2000, p.156). Ryuta manages to
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