Zamparini bears much pain that would actually (broken) other people. Nonetheless, he is not destroyed (is unbroken) by all the experiences (Hillenbrand 71). For instance, as a prisoner, the Japanese military tried to torment so as to “break him” but he persevered. Also, the life of post-war was much a struggle and could have destroyed him but he managed to realize the spiritual power which saved him (Hillenbrand 73). Therefore, the (Unbroken) idea reflects how Louie was affected by the war and post-war life but he remained firm.
The time spent imprisoned by the Japanese, the suffering stripped both Louie and his friend Phil’s dignity away. Soon after landing in the Marshall islands, Phil and Louie were imprisoned and tormented. It started with eating off the ground, “...Louie crawled about their cells, picking up slivers of biscuit and putting them into their mouths” (Hillenbrand 185). The Japanese believed being captured by the enemy is a man without his dignity. As a result of
Still his greatest challenge was ahead; Mutsuhiro “the Bird” Watanabe. Under his reign Louie would be pushed past his breaking point, humiliated, and beat, but still stay true to himself. “Of all the violent and vile abuses that the Bird had inflicted upon Louie, non had horrified and demoralized him as this did. If anything is going to shatter me, Louie thought, this is it” (Hillenbrand 291). Louie was taken off work duty because his is injured, but begs for a job so he can keep a higher food ration.
His mischief as a young boy also made him very visible but all that changed during the years he spent in POW camps. During World War II, efforts were made to make Japanese- American internees and American POWs in Japan “invisible.” At POW camps, guards tried to deprive the POWs of their dignity. Hillenbrand writes, “On Kwajalein the guards sought to deprive them of something that sustained them even as all else had been lost: dignity.” (Unbroken, 182) In addition to being beaten and starved, the men were deprived of their dignity, “This self-respect and sense of self-worth” (Unbroken, 182) essential for life. “To be deprived of it is to be dehumanized” (Unbroken, 182) because when taken away it also takes away their dignity, sense of self-worth and self-respect, which leaves
It is clear, Kapo Tadeusz absolves himself from the murderous functions of the Nazis in order to stay alive, both by his dissociation from the atrocities and his exploitation of the system. While many “kapos” or prisoner-leaders were indicted by the allies for the role in enabling the crimes committed at concentration camps, Borowski demonstrates early in his writing that the profound difference between him and those who did commit the crimes. He puts it quite plainly in “A Day At Harmenz” telling a prisoner under his command, “There won’t be any selection. Understand?” (Borowski 58). While other Kapos subjugate their prisoners to verbal abuse and beating, Borowski acts in a way that is almost impartial, showing no hostility toward his prisoners, but doing what he is charged to do in order to survive.
By being beaten and enslaved through no fault of his own, this was a very trying time for him. Louie shows his agency by reminding himself constantly that he can be stronger than Watanabe and not bend to his will. He shows this with the quote “All he knew was a single thought: he cannot break me”(Hillenbrand 213). Louie’s rebellious side was also shown in his time in the camps, forming a meeting with other officers to capture and kill Watanabe. He shows his rebellious side against Watanabe as well when he, within the previously mentioned group,
In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, symbolism is used to depict a greater meaning within the objects that appear throughout the novel. One of the recurring symbols is the scar created in the story. The scar is created when the plane that the boys were in crashed onto the island. This was meant to represent man destroying nature simply by entering it. “Beyond falls and cliffs there was a gash visible in the trees; there were the splintered trunks and then the drag, leaving only a fringe of palm between the scar and the sea” (page 29).
Hester went to plead that the officials of the town leave Pearl in her care and not take her away to be raised by any one else. When it seems that Hester is losing this battle she asks Dimmesdale to speak in her defense which he does quite passionately. This desire to protect the mother and daughter bond of Hester and Pearl is what seems to draw Pearl to approach Dimmesdale and take “his hand in the grasp of both her own…” and lay “her cheek against it; a caress so tender…” (The Scarlet Letter, Chapter VIII) Dimmesdale’s defense and Pearl’s reaction are two cues that lead the reader to begin seeing the truth of who Pearl’s father
We see the dangers Atticus succumbs his children to for defending a black man and the division it brings in his family; we see Mrs. Dubose’s physical and emotional challenges she endures because of her fight to end her painkiller addiction, and we even witness Boo Radley’s close call with the police. All acts of bravery, despite their challenges. At last, analogous to Martin Luther King when he decides to fight for black privileges and gets killed, the people who have the courage to stand for what is just, are just as cautious to every penalty that takes
Joan of Arc was an influential and widely celebrated world leader who left a lasting impact in the lives of people all over the world due to her significance in the 100 Years War, sacrifices for the Roman Catholic church as well as the people of France, and her stance for female courage of martyrdom and to pursue a righteous cause. After the English conquered the majority of French, Jehanne d’Arc was greeted daily by visions from saints and angels, encouraging her to drive the French and the Burgundians from England.Lord Robert de Baudricourt, Duke of Lorraine, refused to listen to her, however once Orleans was placed under siege by the English, Joan received Baudricourt’s permission to be taken through enemy territory. Here she earned her reputation as “another Saint Catherine come down to earth”. Joan fought to drive the British out of France, to reunite the French people, and to restore the French monarchy.Joan led French forces into a number of victories over the