What is the main idea of Ground Zero?
In the essay, Ground Zero, written by Suzanne Berne, her intentions are to capture the reader with the notion that they are actually there on this trip to ground zero. Berne wanted us to imagine ourselves being right there but seeing nothing, only the thought of what was there before.
Why does it take quite a while to see all the details at Ground Zero?
It takes a while to see all of the details of ground zero because each of the many details of the scene have an importance that takes more than a passing glance to discern.
Why does Berne begin her essay by saying she had never before visited Manhattan’s financial district?
Why does Berne begin her essay saying she had never before visited Manhattan’s financial district? Chronological order. The advantage is that it makes since to the reader. The disadvantages are that stories are interesting in the beginning and they are boring at the end.
How does the area around ground zero contrast with the site itself?
The area around ground zero contrast with the sight itself because ground zero is actually full of emptiness.
Why do you think Berne describes ground zero in so many different ways?
Berne describes ground zero in many different ways because her astonishment for the destroyed site makes her change perspectives. As she analyses the setting, she realizes that it has more importance than just a “construction site” and is perhaps as important as a “great bowl of light.”
Why does Berne end her essay with a description of the crowd standing on the viewing platform Why do you suppose she feels the need to include these observations?
Why do you suppose she feels the need to include these observations? She ended it that way because wanted to let readers get a better visual of what she sees people doing which is scrawling their names or writing “God Bless America”, basically paying their respect.
What is the ground zero?
In relation to nuclear explosions and other large bombs, ground zero (also called surface zero) is the point on the Earth’s surface closest to a detonation.