Ben Ghiant created an opinion article for CNN on World War II. He starts by telling a little bit about the war, just the overview of it all. He goes on to explaining that when Japan didn’t surrender like Germany did, it set the way that the rest of the war played out. He also explains how the things that occurred in the war and the pictures that were taken of the wreckage and havoc that occurred stills shocks us today and shapes our lives even though it happened around seventy years ago. Opinion articles are important because it gives a side of the story that not everyone would see. I do believe that it definitely does still affect the world but I am not sure I would say it shapes us as a whole. Ben Ghiant makes some great points in this article.
This article was written by history.com. It explains the basic overview of the war. It’s not very detailed but it gives the the general idea of the war. It talks about what lead up to the war and the dates when things happened. It doesn’t just explain America’s side of the war and the things that happened with America, it gives insight on all the countries involved. These articles are extremely important because they give the facts. They don’t talk about emotional things but just the basics. When you read them you don’t feel much emotion like you would looking at a photograph taken during World War II, but it does give you some knowledge on how and why it happened
Ben Steele is an artist who created a painting of World War II. He was helped captive in Japan and painted the things he saw there once he was released. His collection- including this painting- is in the Montana Museum of Art and Culture. This painting portrays soldiers walking and lying dead on the ground. The colors are all very drab and dull but he adds red to show that they are injured or dead. You can see the pain on the faces of the men as they walk in line. Men seem to be keeping them in order, they are prisoners. The artist was capturing a different side of war, not just men in battle but men in captivity. The way he showed a realistic image of how the war was without making is hyper realistic and using his own style is amazing. You can see a whole story in the painting and can read the faces and the posture of the men like a book. Since Steele was held hostage for so long, it’s incredible he was able to survive and tell his story through colors.
After the War by Lin Rowell is a poem talking about how books talk about the war. They tell us the strategies and the plans that go into wars, but only the soldiers will know how much more it is. He also explains how for the soldiers, most of the time they were just praying that they didn’t get killed. They had orders and they did them, they didn’t always know what was happening and what catastrophes were being enacted on the other side of the world. Reading books about the war is news for them too. They don’t always know everything that's going on, their just focused on, “[hoping] to hell that convoy coming closer turns out tame” (Rowell). Rowell’s poem is interesting because it gives insight on how the soldiers were thinking. It shows how sometimes even the soldiers didn’t know what was going on. They had orders and they did them, they didn’t always know what was going on somewhere else in the world. All they were really worried about was staying alive and protecting their country so sometimes books written about the war afterwards have things written in them that they didn’t even know.
The White Cliffs of Dover is a song by Vera Lynn talking about how once everyone is free from the war, there will be peace again. It is a song trying to give people hope to stay positive and realize that life will get better. During the war People started getting depressed because of the destruction it caused and the amount of people it killed. This was Vera Lynn’s way of trying to show people that the war will end and when it does we will be free. I really liked the song because even though so many terrible things were happening in the world and there were so many reasons to be negative, Vera chose to take a positive stance. She wanted to give people hope of brighter days and help people realize it wasn’t the end. I also think if soldiers heard this song it would have helped them have hope of going home to their families and to their homes.
Carl Mydans traveled around Asia and Europe with his wife and took lots of pictures, “including the aftermath of a mass-panic during a Japanese air raid in Chongqing, China” (theculturetrip). Women, Men, and children lay piled on top of eachother dead on stairs. Around 50 people look to be dead in this picture. It’s the gruesome truth of war. He wanted to show what was going on in the world and how much wreckage was being caused. His work was for Life magazine. I think it was amazing that he did this. He documented things that mostly only the soldiers saw. Its important that people see the truth. He showed the world the destruction that we were causing, the innocent people that were being killed. He wanted people to see the truth even though it was tough.