Michelle Miller Mr. Jennings



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Michelle Miller

Mr. Jennings

Honors English III

August 12, 2011

“Flags of Our Fathers” Persuasive Essay

James Bradley’s “Flags of Our Fathers” is an enthralling novel that everyone should read. It embodies the lives of the six flag raisers in Joe Rosenthal’s famous photograph of the raising of the American flag on Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima. The novel gives not only the history of the historic battle at Iwo Jima, but it also gives first hand accounts of the horrendous battle and in depth tales about the lives of six very special Marines.

“Flags of Our Fathers” is like no other historical novel and presents the personal tales of the lives of the six flag raisers. No other novel before has so carefully followed the lives of soldiers through the war and shown the effects that such a hellacious battle had on them. Before this novel, the true identities of the six flag raisers were lost in time, but “Flags of Our Fathers” helps readers reconnect with the past through heart throbbing depictions of the brotherhood shared by all Marines and the horrors that they faced during battle. The reader can feel what the Marines on Iwo Jima must have been going through and become enthralled in the life and death struggle that was part of the daily life of not only the Marines on Iwo Jima, but also of many of the soldiers that fought in the war in the Pacific.

Many novels about the war in the Pacific during World War II give only general descriptions of the battles and the conditions that the men faced, but “Flags of Our Fathers” gives detailed descriptions about not only the war scenarios that played out, but also, the conditions that the soldiers were in through first hand accounts from a variety of sources. The novel gives detailed timelines of when and how specific events took place during not only the battle on Iwo Jima, but also of many other battles that took place in the war on the Pacific. James Bradley also gives the detailed story of how Joe Rosenthal’s Famous photograph came to be and all of the uproar that resulted because of it.



“Flags of Our Fathers” is a novel that everyone person should read and not just those interested in history. The novel gives dramatic stories that pulls the reader in and creates real life characters that everyone can connect to and become attached to. James Bradley presents raw facts and raw emotional tales of the lives of many of the ordinary men who enlisted in the military and became extraordinary soldiers that make everyone proud to say that they are an American.


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