He is sickly and frail at birth, and is told, “with his weak heart this strain [learning how to crawl] would probably kill him.” (page 1). This heart condition means that Doodle is unable to stand long periods of physical strain. During the story, his brother pushes him very hard to learn how
This all changed when he began serving God and became a new man. He decided to visit his captors for closure rather than revenge. “Louie had been told that all of the men who had tormented him had been arrested, convicted, and imprisoned here in Sugamo. He could speak about and think of his captors, even the Bird, without bitterness, but a question tapped at the back of his mind. If he should ever see them again, would the peace that he had found prove resilient?” (Hillenbrand 385).
Little things would upset him or bring back memories of the war because of the ordeal through which he went. In Unbroken, Louis Zamperini and his friends have emotional issues from the war. For example, Louie freaked out when his family played a broadcast he sent out from Japan. Louie also became an alcoholic after the war, due to his emotional state. One of Louis’s friends flipped a table upon seeing rice, one of the sole foods he consumed as a POW.
Junior gives Inman up to the Home Guard who force Inman to walk for miles and days until “the hope of home [begins] fleeing him.” As a result, Junior nearly kills Inman, who only survives because a miracle allows him to survive being shot at. In contrast, Polyphemus curses Odysseus with a prayer to Poseidon that will make him “never see his home again,” causing Odysseus’s journey home to last nearly ten years. Polyphemus’s curse causes Odysseus ten years of grief and the loss of all his crew. Junior and Polyphemus parallel each other as they share very similar experiences in which they not only cause the protagonists grief in their encounters, but also leave the protagonists with a complication that persists beyond their encounter. This extreme likeness in situation further solidifies the mirroring of Junior and Polyphemus within The Odyssey and Cold
The Journey of a Warrior He lays in a raft for two months, going through many atrocious camps, then, grips a wooden beam and stares into his enemy's eyes, his name, Louie Zamperini. Starting off as a impish kid, he drinks liquor at eight and smoking at the age of five. As Zamperini advances into his teen years, he transitions to a tremendous runner. Just as he becomes a man he is compelled to go to the war, and is left with many obstacles ahead. Louies tough journey is explained in a book called Unbroken written by Laura Hillenbrand, which displays his two traits of being enterprising and strong-willed.
Trujillo has cracked down on the revolution and the men are now sitting hopeless in jail. Patria is worried about the wellbeing of her beloved 18 year old son Nelson. “My heart was beating fast. I knew once I said it I couldn’t take it back. Oh Lord, release my son, I prayed.
Racing into the bedroom, Jurgis speaks to Ona one last time before she dies, leaving him no one left to care about in the world except his son. Furious with grief, Jurgis takes the rest of the family’s money and goes to drink his sorrows away. Living with the purpose of supporting his sole son, Jurgis works harder than ever to support his family, even though it means only visiting on the weekends. One tragic weekend, Jurgis returns home to discover that his son has died by drowning in the streets of mud. With nothing keeping him in the broken city, Jurgis heads out to the plains, doing odd jobs for meals and stealing or picking fruit when he is turned down.
Melinda in Speak suffers during her freshman year of high school, when she gets raped by a senior at her school. She is terrified of telling anyone and whishes it never happened, as seen in the book "Anything to get rid of this, these thoughts, whispers in my mind. Did he rape my head too?" (Anderson, 165). In The Odyssey Odysseus had been trapped on Calypso's island for years, and was forced to lay with Calypso, as seen in the reading, "Though he fought shy of her and her desire, he lay with her each night, for she compelled him."
The film Ordinary People follows the family of a once suicidal teenage boy, Conrad, who is dealing with severe survivor's guilt after the death of his older brother, Buck, at sea. Throughout the movie, dysfunction within the family is very evident on many different occasions. Each of the three remaining members of the household; Beth Jarrett, Calvin Jarrett and, as mentioned before, Conrad Jarrett, demonstrate many instances where inadequacy in conflict management is clearly shown. If not for these deficiencies, however, the family would have been able to better cope and recover from the loss of Buck. Beth, Conrad’s mom, seems to care about nothing more than her reputation, which proves to be a key reason for the family's professedly endless grieving.
A year ago, this same evening, during the early morning hours, we were awoken by a text. All it said, “Konner has been in a horrible accident, please pray for my boy.” Our hearts sunk, as we feared for the worse, yet still hoped for the best. Our hearts broke as prayed for him…and for you. As the events of the next few days unfolded, and Konner quietly slipped into the arms of Jesus, confusion and pain clouded our thoughts. The question of “why” could not be answered.
For example, when Louie, Phil, and Mac were stranded at sea for forty-six days, he had kept everyone’s spirits and hopes up so they wouldn’t all be overcome with insanity. Louie and his crew had just crashed their B-24D Army Air Force bomber into the Pacific Ocean and the only crew members that had survived were Louie, Phil, and Mac. These three men had made their way onto the inflatable life raft where they had suffered from a lack of food and water, heat stroke, poor hygiene, and just overall terrible conditions. But, to keep everyone’s minds sharp Louie suggested singing songs and to keep talking to each other about anything that would keep their minds off of the current situation that they were in. While the men were on the raft Louie said, “Within a few days of the crash, Louie began peppering the other two with questions on every conceivable subject…They told and retold stories…Phil sang church hymns; Louie taught the other two the lyrics to “White Christmas”(page 152-153).
It is in chapter 6 when we start to see the Paul is experiencing despair. After a heavy attack with the French, Paul and the other soldiers take the chance to fall back and rest for an hour. While Paul is standing watch, his memories start to wash all over him, but the memories don’t bring him joy or calmness. The memories bring sorrow and he start to believe that his youth is forever gone along with his hopes and dreams. It is also in this chapter that Paul and looked and listen a fellow solider die for 3 days, and even with their best efforts they could not find
Sonny woke up to his Aunt Pearl telling him that a tsunami struck Hilo where his father is. Sonny couldn’t do anything. He doesn’t know if his dad is alive or not and that scares the whole family. One of Sonny’s uncles takes him and Keo to look for his dad. The drive there, Sonny is going through mental challenges and anxiety.
Hillenbrand explores the effects of physical and mental conditioning for self improvement and during times of inhuman cruelty. The author elaborates on PTSD and life after the war for Zamperini until he finds absolution. Overall, Unbroken is an empowering informational text, telling Louie’s story against the major world events of the twentieth century. Laura Hillenbrand reveals the extremes of Louie’s life from 1918 to 1950 using historic details of the story. Hillenbrand writes using a third person narrator.