Just imagine being in an event like the Olympics, man that would be something. It would be crazy competing in front of thousands of people from many different countries around the world. Most Olympic games have different stories or memories that are always embedded in people’s brains forever, yet nothing compared to the 1936 Berlin Olympics. In 1936, like I said, Berlin, Germany hosted the games in an attempt to create positive propaganda that promoted Adolf Hitler and his Aryan race. Conflict arose though when Jesse Owens, a black American athlete, swept a round of medals, proving that the Aryan race was not supreme.
In the book, Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown, we learn the story of Joe Rantz and his struggle in past and his present life, where he fights for a spot on the Washington Olympic Rowing Team and fights to win the Olympics. Throughout each of the books, Elie Wiesel and Joe Rantz demonstrate resilience through losing the faith of religion, but still surviving and the struggle of losing family. In Night, Elie Wiesel demonstrates resilience by losing his faith in religion, but still surviving through the horrible and treacherous obstacles in the concentration camp. To illustrate, it says on page 69,¨I did not fast...
An In-Depth Analysis of the Novel Unbroken The novel Unbroken, a biography written by Laura Hillenbrand, focused on the true life experiences of Olympic runner Louie Zamperini. Unbroken would later become a movie. Louie ran in the Olympics in 1936 before being drafted to war to fight the Japanese during World War II. Louie’s plane, the “Green Hornet,” crashed at sea.
In the past 100 years, Anne Mellbye looked back at the most political Olympic Games during that time. Adolf Hitler was remembered most for the failed attempts during the Berlin Games, because he tried to use the games to prove his Aryan racial theories. Even though it did not end the way that he thought it would, the games ended with the African American sprinter and long jumper Jessie Owens as being named the most popular hero of the Games. Jessie won gold medals in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay and the long jump.
Have you ever thought of yourself as a person who has the guts to do anything, but in reality when it comes time to actually do something you back out of it? In the book Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand Louis “Louie” Zamperini had partaken in the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. Not long after Louie had competed in the games he had continued on his path to success to join the U.S. Air Forces in 1940, right around when World War II had begun. When Louie and his fellow crew members were flying over the Pacific Ocean in their B-24D Army Air Forces bomber one day in May of 1943, they had crashed into the ocean due to two engine failures. After crashing into the Pacific there were only three survivors; Louie, pilot Lieutenant Russell Allen
George Yeoman Pocock, a prominent boat builder in The Boys in the Boat, shows his understanding that there are things in life that are larger than himself when he is resilient after having financial trouble. Pocock had been a very tough competitor in the sport of rowing, but when his father loses his job crafting shells at Eton College, Pocock moves to America so that he is not a financial burden on his father. Even though rowing caused him to be in such a troubled state, Pocock holds faith in the sport and recognizes that he cannot control everything that happens to him in life. Pocock looks to the small things to keep his faith. “‘Sure, I can make a boat,’ he said, and then added, quoting the poet Joyce Kilmer, ‘but only God can make a tree.’
The short story “Battle Royal” was written by Ralph Ellison, set during the 1950’s racism is very noticeable and you will be stunned by how the blacks are treated. Ralph Ellison was born in Oklahoma in 1914 and later attended Tuskegee Institute in Alabama where he studied music. In 1936 he moved to New York City and planned to work at a job in order to pay off college. Little did he know he would get the chance to work from the New York Federal Writers Program. He gained himself a reputation as a writer off of one book, “Invisible Man” and became successful.
Horrific events can turn into days of remarklable wonder. In the story, “The Long Nights of the Little Boats,” by Basil Heatter, British troops were overrun by German Soldiers in Dunkirk. beThe need for them to be saved united thousands of random Englishmen to come to their rescue. The character of these men made them be the good people who came to the rescue of the soldiers. Positive Human traits make people successful which was witnessed by little boat rescuers traits, the soldiers traits, and my own personal traits.
I would recommend it to anyone wondering about the 1980’s hockey team. The author, Wayne Coffey, made this book in an interesting way. He told the story of the USA-Soviet Union game and also gave background information on some of the players. It was fascinating to learn about the players’ lives before and after the Olympics and how their lives changed. The most important character in this book is the coach, Herb Brooks.
And when you think all is lost, when all is dire and bleak, there is always hope” (Lore 124). In the book, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, the main character, Louis (Louie) Zamperini goes through various soul breaking trials. Even through all the pain and agony, Louis is tenacious and never surrenders. The theme of Unbroken is to never give up because Louis wouldn’t have made it through trying to go to the Berlin Olympics, being stranded on a raft in the Pacific Ocean, and imprisoned at POW camps in Japan. One example of never giving up in Unbroken is when Louis is competing to be in the Berlin Olympics.
She discusses all of the dramatic events that occurred throughout Louie Zamperini’s lifetime. From elaborate mishap in his youth, to becoming the best runner in his school district, his state and finally one of America’s best runners that went to the Olympics in Berlin to meet Hitler. Then, he was enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps for combat in WWII, survived a plane crash across the Pacific, survived as a prisoner of war and even surpassed marriage problems, financial problems, alcoholism, and other postwar trials. All of these incidents were vital to be mentioned. If the reader had not known every nook and cranny of Zamperini’s life, the reader would not understand how valiantly Louie and his fellow servicemen and POW’s fought for our
I hope your summer was just as good as mine. This summer I read the The Boys in the Boat, and I enjoyed the author’s details about how the olympics went upon their success. I was very surprised how the author was very detailed about the struggles they overcome. As I was reading, I thought of our team sports class and how Daniel James Brown’s descriptions of not giving up and working together as one related to our classes discussions about playing certain sports.
In front of Hitler, the Washington rowing team was the victor the 1936 Olympics. The Washington team was a handful of boys who had come from the Wild West during the Great Depression. They didn’t have money, but they had power and a willingness to work hard. Joe, the main character, had innumerable experiences in his life that he could of used to destroy him, but they only made him stronger. Conversely, plenty others would have given up.
Most people enjoy to ponder about the history of what happened in Germany around the 1930s-1940s. The time period when Adolf Hitler took over Germany and started the Nazi organization. Other people were taught about what happened ,but not the whole story. For example what went on through this whole era how, where, and why. Some people just assume of what happened and take no interest of the past of the homicide.