Louie is an American soldier and a previous Olympic athlete that was beaten daily and starved almost to death in prisoner of war camps. These heroes perseverance and resistance throughout the monstrous conditions that they were forced to live in proving that humans are capable of recovering and persevering through almost anything. Japanese-American internees and prisoners of war were made to feel invisible but they
American entrance into World War II officially began December 7, 1941 after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. The war lasted until 1945, and thousands of Americans had been captured and detained as prisoners of war. In Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, Louie Zamperini is a former Olympic athlete who enlists in the air force and becomes a bombardier. He is taken as a POW after his plane crashes in the middle of the Pacific and he is left to survive on a raft for over a month. In various Japanese POW camps, Louie faces starvation and brutal beatings.
“By midnight over 36,000 men and 3,200 vehicles, 90 percent of the invasion force, were ashore with casualties of 13 killed, 97 wounded, and 44 missing.” (history.army.mil CMH Pub 72-19). 36th Engineers held the front line on Anzio for fifty days, earning the name “The Little Seahorse Division”, given by the Germans. (globalsecurity.org) On 25 May 1977, 36th Engineers linked up with U.S. II Corps and the Fifth Army forces. Once the link up was made, the Fifth Amy along with the Engineers, merged on the Anzio bank head. The assault was led by General Clark, by the time the Allied forces arrived the Germans had fled.
To make matters worse, they started to conduct experiments on him and his comrade Phil, “The doctor pushed more solution into his vein, and the spinning worsened. He felt as if pins were being jabbed all over his body” (Hillenbrand 192). It was both mentally and physically draining. After long and painful treatment at Ofuna, Zamperini was sent to another POW camp, Kwajalein. There he met, what would become one of his worst nightmares, Mutsuhiro Watanabe, or “the Bird.” Watanabe was a
Instead, its soft wings are used to strike against the bars hoping to break free. This leaves the bird with sore bleeding wings.”…the caged bird beats his wing, till its blood is red on the cruel bars”. Using this imagery, of the caged bird, the poet expresses the ordeal of African-Americans. For ages, they have been oppressed and enslaved by the whites. The iron bars represent the systematic racism that has prevented them to live a normal life.
The author’s word choice of “beats”, “blood red”, and “cruel” narrates a hard, tedious struggle. The negative connotation of these words further Dunbar’s message of struggle. Furthermore, Dunbar repeats the idea of the bird beating his wings on bars to drill the image of imprisonment in the mind of the reader. Dunbar mentions the bird has a “pain that still throbs in the old, old scars” (12). The use of “throbs” depicts the being is experiencing a pain that durates.
The character who seems the most fitting to this definition for me is Sodapop Curtis. Being the middle child, Soda is the in middle of his family and their fights, making it necessary for him to be courageous. Ponyboy and Darry were arguing- again. During all this, Soda had been soaking it up, until he just couldn’t take it anymore. He bolted out of the house, his brothers at his heels.
The strong emphasis on moral character during this time likely influenced his family, who punished him as a child for being an unruly disgrace. Zamperini began running to more efficiently escape law enforcement, as he frequently stole and drank liquor as a teen during Prohibition. Proceeding Louis’ birth, the Zamperini family had recently immigrated from Italy, seemingly due to the economic troubles that eventually aided the rise of Benito Mussolini and Italy’s involvement in World War II. This lead many people to distrust Zamperini, calling him slurs while chasing and beating him throughout his adolescence
The Stymphalian birds were able to eat men and were very large in size and had been causing immense trouble for the people of nearby towns. The number of Stymphalian birds also reflects to the difficulty of this labor. This labor is one of the foremost examples of divine goodwill, which is the reward for piety, intuition, and is one of the few labors where Heracles’ enormous strength takes a backseat to strategy and cleverness. Needing a way to dislodge the birds from the swamp so he could kill them, Heracles was given bronze castanets by Athena. He shook the castanets that made a noise, “unable to endure the noise, they flew up in alarm and in that way Heracles was able to shoot them down with arrows.”28.
According to the poem Sympathy, “Till its blood is red on the cruel bar… I know why he beats his wings.” And from the poem Caged Bird, “…His bars of rage…so he opens his throat to sing.” These quotes show that both birds are treated like slaves. The bird from Sympathy was shipped until the back is full of blood and the bird from Caged Bird was held in a dungeon where it will die. In the same way, the two poems share the same imagery; birds being treated like slaves. Both birds are being tortured by their owners. In Sympathy, it says,