Analysis Of Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken

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Someone once said, “Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future” (Lorenzo). Olympic athlete, Louie Zamperini lived through WWII and was able to experience a life free from his horrible past. Laura Hillenbrand’s novel Unbroken tells the story of Louie Zamperini and the struggles he experiences as a POW in WWII. After surviving the war, he returns home a completely different man. Louie struggles to deal with his horrific past, but manages to find a way to let it go. Louie faces many obstacles during the war, but with the faith in God, years after the war he was finally able to forgive those who had made his life miserable. Louie seemed to be a person who never prayed for help, but when difficult times arise in his life, that was just what he did. Louie’s faith started developing after he and 2 other men were stuck on a raft after crashing in the ocean during a rescue mission. The men were pushed to their limits, knowing they needed to get water or they were not going to make it. “They bowed their heads as Louie prayed. If God would quench their thirst, he vowed, he’d dedicate his life to God” (Hillenbrand 159). Sure enough rain poured down on the men and Louie now had a commitment to keep. It had been awhile after the war where Louie’s faith came back. Louie’s wife convinced him to see a christian speaker. In a single moment, Louie was thrown back in time where he was crippled on the raft pleading to God, “If you will save me, I will serve you

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