The Forgiveness In Suffering John Green once said, “The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive” (Green). Louis (Louie) Zamperini, a World War II hero, knows this to be true better than anyone else. In the novel Unbroken written by Laura Hillenbrand, Zamperini is a mischievous runner in the 1936 Olympics who is later drafted into the United States Air Corps. On a mission, his plane crashes, leaving him and two other crewman stranded on a raft. After 47 days, Zamperini and Russell Allen Phillips (referred to as Phil) are captured by Japanese officials and shipped to camps where they became prisoners of war.
American author and political activist Helen Keller once said, “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” In Laura Hillenbrand’s nonfiction book Unbroken, the motivated Louie Zamperini exemplifies Keller’s words through his shocking journey unlike any other. Zamperini’s childhood delinquency, distance Olympic running career, and survival World War II story intrigued Hillenbrand to share this compelling story and determination with the world.
In ? Unbroken,? Louis Zamperini, a delinquent runner, has to use his faith and free will to get through his hardships in life, particularly when he faces the Japanese concentration camps. Driven to the limits of endurance, Louis looks upon his hopes and dreams whilst he gets stuck with two other soldiers in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. He faces the brutality of the camps, the hardships of immigration, agonizing suffering and his faith/free will tempting him.
“Dignity is as essential to human life as water, food, and oxygen. The stubborn retention of it, even in the face of extreme physical hardship, can hold a man 's soul in his body long past the point when the body should have surrendered it” (Hillenbrand 189). In the novel Unbroken, written by Laura Hillenbrand, Louis “Louie” Zamperini goes through several life-threatening experiences. After being a troublemaker as a child, and an Olympic athlete, Louie straps up his boots and becomes a bombardier for the Army Air Corps. After a traumatizing crash and a forty-six day survival at sea, Louie is taken captive by Japanese officials.
Knowing that prisoners of war survived such horrific conditions, like not getting the right amount of food but being forced to do some hard work, fathoms me! At one point in the book, Louis, who had been basically starved and beaten(daily), raced a man in a mile race. He says he let the man win. But then another man came to race him and Louis beat the second man! Then took a beating from one of the Japanese commanders.
So she starts to believe everything that she is told is true. All of this harassment from everyone in her life pushes her emotional and mental capacity to the breaking point until she drowns in the pursuit of trying to fix everything that she has ever been picked on for. She becomes insane and disconnected from reality, living in her own bubble of a world. Gaines uses a similar setting in A Gathering of old men to produce the same thematic conclusion. He placed his story in deep Luisiana in a rural farming community with a predominantly black population during the 1970s.
Three-time Olympic champion Gail Devers once said, “Sometimes we fall, sometimes we stumble, but we can’t stay down. We can’t allow life to beat us down. Everything happens for a reason, and it builds character in us, and it tells us what we are about and how strong we really are when we didn’t think we could be that strong.” In the biography Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, Devers ' words illustrate the sturdy determination of Louis Zamperini, which carried him through everything from his track career and time as a prisoner of war in Japan, to his life after World War II had ended. In all, Louie’s unfailing willpower to continue through life’s hardships outshone all other traits throughout his haunting story.
After Doodle dies alone in the storm, the reader grasps the “true love” the narrator had for him, which he never expressed toward his younger brother. In the closing paragraph, the narrator reveals his “true love” that was hidden inside him, “ I began to weep, and the tear-blurred vision in red before me looked very familiar. ‘Doodle!’ I screamed above the pounding storm and threw my body to the earth above his. For a long long time, it seemed forever, I lay there crying, sheltering my fallen scarlet ibis from the heresy of rain” (604).
This is just one example of the internal conflict going on endlessly within himself. When thinking of family, there are good times and bad times. When experiencing the moments that are extremely difficult for Elie and his father, he often thinks how great life would be if he could just get rid of his father’s dead weight. One evening when Elie’s father is very ill, the had of the block approaches Elie and tells him, “‘Don’t forget your in a concentration camp. Here, every man has to fight for himself and not think of anyone else.
To have Cosette or to die" (Hugo 340). With the amount of passion Marius had fighting at the barricade, Cosette meant the most, forcing him to threaten to take his own life. "There 's a grief that can 't be spoken / There 's a pain goes on and on." "Empty Chairs and Empty Tables" adds an ambience in Marius ' life that the novel Les Miserables never does, making Marius a more likeable character in
In the book Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand uses the life experiences of Louie Zamperini to show the traits of courageous and determined. Throughout the book Louie is a courageous person. An example of this is when captive saw a newspaper with a war map on the Quack’s desk at Ofuna and Louie was the only one
He realizes that war and conflict have stolen other childhoods like his. He and the other delegates have long discussions about how to end the suffering in war-torn countries. The theme of revenge is returned to when Ishmael makes his speech before the UN, but this time he speaks of the multiplying effects of revenge. Rather than seeing revenge as a solution that might satisfy his grief, Ishmael speaks of revenge as a tool that brings more war: " . . . if I am going to take revenge, in that process I will kill another person whose family will want revenge . . . "
It is very ironic because while at the Front, all the men were discussing on what they are planning to do once the get home, but reality is nothing will ever be the same, wherever they go. Paul was the first to exhibit that loss of hope. I agree with the main thesis of this book that war is uncalled for, it is just a game that ruins innocent lives of the young population while the nations that they are fighting for are using them as toys, all just politics. The main thesis of this book is so easily shut down, but all it is is the truth, unfortunately wars are gruesome, gory, and
The film Unbroken honors Louie Zamperini’s ability to persevere the utmost cruel situations. Unbroken was a fairly accurate representation of Louie Zamperini’s life and his survival during World War II, with only minor alterations such as timing. Overall, the director, Angelina Jolie, was not able to capture every detail accurately, yet the details altered only reinforced Louie Zamperini’s extraordinary story of resilience and perseverance. Angelina Jolie begins the film with Zamperini peeking up the skirts of girls in order to portray his troublesome nature, which was an accurate attribute of his personality that allowed him to withstand the dire circumstances he encountered as a prisoner of war.