“He was not the worthless, broken, forsaken man that the Bird had striven to make of him. In a single, silent moment, his rage, his fear, his humiliation, and helplessness, had fallen away. That morning, he believe, he was a new creation” (Hillenbrand 383). After this moment of forgiveness, Louie was able move past the horrendous events that occured at the POW camps, and forgive his tormentors. In fact, many years after the war ended, he visited prisons for the convicted Japanese criminals that held some of his previous guards from his POW camps, and forgave them.
Elie had known that if the latter slept, he would never wake up. However, Elie’s father was obstinate, begging to rest because he was so unbearably weak. The one-sided quarrel caused Elie to admit, “I knew that I was no longer arguing with him but with Death itself, with Death that he had already chosen” (105). Elie had previously demonstrated the strength to fight for his life, but his father didn’t possess that same strength. He sought release from his
He also tried to keep his friends from slipping away. Beatings and abuse did not keep Louie from resisting. These experiences show how people can go through horrible, disgusting, deplorable situations and can still recover. Louie went from having flashbacks of his time in the POW camp to living a happy life until he died at 97 years. People can recover from anything.
After living his whole life free and unrestrained by anyone or anything, he found himself confined and threatened in a way he could never have imagined” (55). Stevenson could have said this in many ways. One being, “Walter told me those week had left him devastated and he found himself confined in ways he could never have imagined.” However, he decided to write it in a way where readers could insert themselves into the situation and feel for his client. Stevenson’s use of pathos is overall effective and helps him to prove his points about the injustice justice
“Louie bore it with clenched fists, eyes blazing, but the assaults were wearing him down” (pg. 186). When Louie first met The Bird, Louie got beat and brutalized leaving him with less hope than before, but he always got back up to take the next hit. “A lifetime of glory is worth a moment of pain” (pg. 36).
However there was one thing that could stop him. Louie had been drafted to the air force, where his real journey begins. He found himself trapped in the ocean with two other crew members that survived. Although the chances of him finding his way home were slim to none, Louie’s family seems to believe in him, especially Pete as he says: “‘If he has a toothbrush and a pocket knife and he hits land, he’ll make it.’” (145) Pete knew Louie wouldn’t give up, and would work with what he has. Louie’s determination and hope continues to push on as he is stuck on the raft with his other two crewmembers.
No one had tried to resist arrest. Many Negroes had gone voluntarily to the sheriff’s office to see if their names were on the list, and were disappointed when they were not” (Doc 8). Getting arrested was like getting rewarded for their actions, so people got disappointed when they were not. Participating in these movements was a great privilege for
We are satisfied and at peace” (1.1). The start of the novel begins with young soldiers who have not given their innocence to the horrors of the war yet. Paul and his comrades have no idea of what hardships are headed their way. Paul has an odd outlook on death throughout the book. He chooses to personify death, and once figuratively hides behind death to save his life.
Comparable to a mother daughter bond, brotherhood never goes away no matter how much time passes. “In the spring of 1975, near the time of Saigon's final collapse, I received a long, disjointed letter in which Bowker described the problem of finding a meaningful use for his life after the war.” In this you see how after years later men were still struggling with issues from the war and reached out to each other for help. Although Norman did kill himself it was because he couldn't deal with his own guilt anymore for Kiowa. His brothers were always there for him and never left him, if they had known sooner they would have done everything to help him. Brotherhood is a forever bond.
One way he had glory was as he killed people. So many of the enemies deaths were caused by him, and now he would no longer be around to create victory for the Greeks. He also gained more glory because they valued how much more they really needed him once he was gone. As he died people mourned around him, as said on page one-hundred and forty-five “The body of Achilles lay beneath the feet of the fighters, face-down upon the earth.” These great heros’ deaths all have proven how glory is attained by death. Patroclus was mourned for two days because of his death.
It was forgiveness, beautiful, effortless, and complete. For Louie Zamperini, the war was over” (273). Watanabe had beaten him, after an enormous amount of time he had finally forgiven Watanabe for his torturous acts and beatings, Louie after an enormous amount of time he had finally forgiven Watanabe. Louie had forgiven, “In bewilderment, the men who had abused him watched him come to them, his hands extended, a radiant smile on his face” (273). He was willing to rejoice with his former captors and forgive them for what they had done.
Father! Wake up, they’re going to throw you out the side!” (pg 99) shows the reader that midway through the story Elie still really cared about his father and did not want him to die. He still had hope that his dad could survive. However, this quote at the end of the story, “I no longer thought of my father,” (pg 113) showed that he lost all hope and only thought about himself and his own health due to the circumstances. Also, Elie was not the only son going through
His mind is weak from the constant strain and stress of the Holocaust. Your conscience is your mind that tells you right from wrong. This part of Elie’s mind has been worn down immensely so that Elie can no longer feel love or compassion for his father. Through Elie’s use of “free at last” he was demonstrating that Elie was no longer obstructed or weighed down by the presence of his father. Elie only views the death of his father as a relief.
Before his father died he was trying to help but supporting him kept getting more difficult as time passed until he became incapable of helping. This can be seen in quotes right after his father died when he says, “I could see that he was breathing--in gasps. I didn’t move.” He knew his father was dying and did not help. After his father dies he realizes that it was not that he didn’t want to help, he was incapable of it. A quote says, “No candle lit in his memory.
“Free at last!” (Wiesel 112). Eliezer is sad when his father dies, but is more relieved because he can take care of himself now. Another way Eliezer is dehumanized mentally is through his religion. Before he was sent to the concentration camps, Eliezer believed God always knew best. But as the memoir goes on, Eliezer loses his faith.