Grave of the Fireflies the Atomic Bombings Movie Review

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Grave of the Fireflies

The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are an absent presence in this film. How is this absent trauma reproduced through other absences in the film: the absent parents/relatives, the absent house, the absent buildings, the absent American soldiers hidden inside planes that are often heard but not seen, etc. Does this film suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or is it cathartic? Provide examples and textual support to argue in the negative or the affirmative.

The 1988 film Grave of the Fireflies depicts many atrocities associated with war and in this sense several that really occurred in Japan near the close of WWII. Some people question the absence of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, yet this absent trauma is reflective of the reality as real atrocities occurred that were not as final as the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings but affected people nearly as much. Especially affected were children as children have no real understanding of the reasoning behind war or aggression at all. The Film not dealing with the fateful bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was not a representation of the absence of support of family or the absences of the face of American soldiers or the absent buildings, it is simply a reflection of the nature of the plot of the film, i.e. that there are moments in time that will change lives forever and this was one for Setsuko and Seita, who traverse a changed environment as innocents and end their lives as ragged civilian victims of war.Buy full Download Microsoft Word File paper
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The vivid sound and animation effects are evident of memory, as this work is based on an semi-autobiographical text. The film is simply depicting the real difference between absence and presence in its depiction of the events that surround the fire bombings in Kobe. First there is everything, a loving mother, a home, the solid memory of a father gone to war, closets full of clothing, a community, a town and even extra supplies that can be buried in the garden. There are tins of candy that make Setsuko smile and then there is nothing but absence, there is no mother, no house, no community, simply nameless faceless airplanes flying overhead and threatening the lives of everyday people. The stark differences between… [END OF PREVIEW] . . . READ MORE

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