HON104 writing assignment 4

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Stephanie Baggio Professor Miyamoto HON 104 Writing Assignment 4 Takashi Nagai Takashi Nagai’s understanding of the atomic bomb experiences was that it was God’s providence. He thought that all who died were being saved because they were good, and that everyone else that was left had to pick up the pieces and rebuild their lives. Some people thought that this meant that those who were left were not as good and even took offense to Nagai’s understanding of the atomic bomb. Nagai continued to say that those who were killed were chosen to be sacrificed, and this comforted him because his wife had died. This also helped him to carry on because he thought it was “God’s will” (Class discussion 10/13). Ohnuki-Tierney Ohnuki-Tierney describes the violent deaths of kamikaze pilots as partially the fault of Marxism. He states that “Marxism was a form of idealism that gave them a tool to fight against capitalism and materialism”, while also stating that “Marxism was also an intellectual justification for patriotism for these young pilots” (262). Yasuda promoted a kind of nihilism that said “we must fight” which played a crucial role in luring young men to go to war, according to Ohnuki-Tierney, because “it provided young men with a rationale to aestheticize their own deaths, if one must die, one might as well die for idealism” (267). Ohnuki-Tierney further states that “Yasuda’s thought exploited the idealism of young patriotic intellectuals, just as the state did” (267). Furthermore, Ohnuki-Tierney says that the young pilots turned to such readings as Marx and Lenin to deliberate upon two crucial questions: the individual and society, and life, death, and the afterlife (268). Thus, patriotism meant death and choosing one’s fate meant turning to philosophical questions. They looked for courage in facing their deaths, and looked for a vision of the afterlife in Western literary sources in which the theme of rebirth and resurrection occupies a central place (271). “Murder in Amsterdam”
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This note was uploaded on 10/23/2011 for the course HON 104 taught by Professor Miyamoto during the Fall '11 term at DePaul.

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