War Combat, loyalty, enmity, bloodshed, and duty, all words that fit under the category of war. The novel Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand is about Louis Zamperini a strong willed man raised in Torrance, California. He started as a young troublemaker until he discovered his passion for running in high school. That very passion led him to compete in the Olympics. Later he enlisted in the Army Air Corps, a brave decision that would change his life. War and its affinities have various emotional effects on different individuals, whether facing adversity within the war or when experiencing the psychological aftermath. Some people cave under the pressure when put in a situation where there is minimal hope or optimism. Two characters that experience …show more content…
Louie Zamperini and Commander John Fitzgerald show strength and resolution in the face of adversity. For example, when Louie’s plane crashed and the men were on the raft, Laura Hillenbrand wrote, “Louie was determined to keep himself and the others lucid”(114). During their journey on the rafts, Louie tried to keep Phil, Mac and himself hopeful in a seemingly hopeless situation. He tried to distract them from hunger and troubling thoughts by singing songs and talking about comforting memories of the past. Commander John Fitzgerald demonstrated his fortitude in Ofuna. Hillenbrand wrote, “Fitzgerald had never broken, and as one of the highest-ranking captives, did his best to protect the men”(152). Commander Fitzgerald felt it was his duty to protect the secrets of his country and the men who served it. His leadership demonstrated a gallant and loyal character. Finally, when Louie was at Omori, he was offered an opportunity by a radio station, “If Louie would do the broadcast, they said, he could live here”(191). Louie knew that they were conspirators trying to make him become a propaganda prisoner and that the broadcast was meant to discourage American troops. He then chose to go back to the horrible, slipshod POW camp rather than degrade and betray his country. These men exemplify people standing up in the face of adversity and the embodiment of a noble
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While life was difficult for Louie at Ofuna, he still managed to show his bravery in his actions. Many of the men at Ofuna stole, but never anything like what Louie did. He stole a newspaper from the camp general’s office: “The newspaper was still there, sitting on the desk. Louie
World War II was a horrifying time when some people didn’t even have a choice to join in or not. When Louie was young he ran so fast and broke all his high school track records and was training for the four minute mile in the olympics. He was then drafted into war and his aircraft gets taken down twice, the 2nd time trapping him and his crew in the ocean. He is captured by Japan where he is forced to do labor and is beaten. Unbroken shows just how we can just remember what happened and stay strong in any situation.
In the book Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, it gives strong detail about the life of Louie Zamperini. From his past childhood up to his life as a World War II prisoner, as well as his post-traumatic experiences after returning home. Some of his most traumatic experiences he recalls have to do with how poorly the POWs were treated, why the guards treated them so badly, as well as the guards experiences that caused them to act the way they did with the prisoners. In describing treatment from the guards the author recalls several different instances in detail of how cruel the prisoners were treated.
Unbroken is a nonfiction novel written by Laura Hillenbrand. It recounts the remarkable World War 2 survival story of Louis Zamperini. It is set in Louie’s lifespan, 1917-2014, but most of the book is set during wartime in either Japan POW camps or in a raft on the open ocean. The main character of Unbroken is Louis Zamperini, called Louie throughout most of the story.
He then goes to the Japanese war criminal prison, and the book ends with Louie “seized with a childlike, giddy exuberance. Before he realized what he's doing, his bounding down the aisle. In bewilderment, the men who had abused him watched him come to them, his hands extended, a radiant smile on his face.” An example of point of view contributing to the theme is when Louie has to hold up the wooden beam.
Survivalist with Troubled Identity People that have gone through really hard situations, like war, make replace question everything that replace know. War leads to terrible trauma, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (P.T.S.D.). There were thousands, if not millions, of veteran soldiers that committed suicide after WWII. In the novel Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand, Louie Zamperini, Olympic runner and WWII hero, was brave enough to face reality out of coming out of hell and back after a life changing experience of being a POW. Louie going to WWII had changed so much for the worst that he even questions himself.
War is the graveyard of innocence for boys who become men through the loss of humanity. The book “Fallen Angels,” by Walter Dean Myers, is a story about Richard Perry, a young man who mistakenly joins the Vietnam War to avoid the shame of not going to college. As the book goes on Perry discovers his mistake and in the process, not only loses his innocence, but also his humanity. Wars will always be the dark parts of our history and no war is devoid of horrors that can strip anyone of everything they are, and in war soldiers must use coping mechanisms to deal with these very apparent horrors.
Everyone has to fight a battle, whether that’s internally, externally, or both. Many people fight internal wars, and have scars similar to those on the outside. Internal battles can sometimes be overlooked, since the wounds aren’t visible to those around them, but sometimes these wounds can be deeper on the inside than they are on the outside. The book A Separate Peace touches on the struggles of internal and external wars and the toll they take on the human mind. The universal theme of internal war is predominant in A Separate Peace, and affects not only every character in the book, but
When faced with war soldiers change, for better or for worse. Modern culture celebrates the glory of patriotic sacrifice. However, this celebration often leaves out the gritty details and trauma of violence behind war and the way it affects people. Homer’s The Odyssey and William Wyler’s The Best Years of Our Lives clearly discuss these details. Both debate the long-awaited return of warriors that went off to fight a war and the way the experience changes the protagonists.
Louie joined the army and became an airforce bomber. As his crew went out to search for a missing plane one day, his plane crashed. And that is where the biggest part of his journey, and the meat of this book, begins with Louis and his flight mate, Phil, struggling to survive the harsh environments of being POW’s for the Japanese government. There are many of people introduced throughout the book as Louis encounters them. This story is hard to give a meaningful intent to because the author’s intent was to share Louis Zamperini’s survival story.
A Psychoanalysis on The Wars In human history, war has greatly affected the lives of people in an extremely detrimental way which can be understood in Timothy Findley’s novel The Wars through a psychoanalytic approach in character development and their deterioration; the readers are able to identify the loss of innocence intertwined between characters, the search for self-identity in the symbolic and metaphorical aspect, as well as the essence of life. Those that are not able to overcome these mental challenges may develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Rape trauma Syndrome, and sadly, some resort to suicide as the last option to escape their insecurities. However, soldiers are not the only ones affected by war; family members also face
Unbroken The author wrote this story to inform the reader of the life of Louis Zamperini, while also telling the story in an entertaining way. Hillenbrand demonstrated the main idea throughout the book by using rhetorical devices such as diction, syntax, imagery, and tone. Hillenbrand’s use of these rhetorical devices contribute to the book Unbroken by emphasizing the main character, Louis “Louie” Zamperini’s, life before, during, and after becoming a prisoner of war.
The True Weight of War “The Things They Carried,” by Tim O’Brien, brings to light the psychological impact of what soldiers go through during times of war. We learn that the effects of traumatic events weigh heavier on the minds of men than all of the provisions and equipment they shouldered. Wartime truly tests the human body and and mind, to the point where some men return home completely destroyed. Some soldiers have been driven to the point of mentally altering reality in order to survive day to day. An indefinite number of men became numb to the deaths of their comrades, and yet secretly desired to die and bring a conclusion to their misery.
The war novel All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque depicts one protagonist, Paul, as he undergoes a psychological transformation. Paul plays a role as a soldier fighting in World War I. His experiences during the war are not episodes the average person would simply experience. Alternatively, his experiences allow him to develop into a more sophisticated individual. Remarque illustrates these metamorphic experiences to expose his theme of the loss of not only people’s lives but also innocence and tranquility that occurs in war.