“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. Shortly after being captured, Zamperini is taken to a POW camp where he is abused physically and mentally. Throughout the novel the readers learn that the hardships of war effect Louie, causing the loss of his dignity. After Louie was captured by the Japanese, he was taken to a POW camp ,Ofuna, they began to deprive Louie of human essentials such as food and water. 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
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(Harris). Zamperini was often sought out for mistreatment, but despite numerous beatings, his will to survive intensified with each beating. He suffered beatings and lack of humane treatment, yet managed to survive through his strength, perseverance, and will to withstand unimaginable deprivations. According to Laura Hillenbrand, author of Unbroken: A World War II Story Of Survival, Resilience, And Redemption, Watanabe was “fixated” on Zamperini, and called him his “number one prisoner.” Despite Zamperini’s attempts to hide from Watanabe, he always managed to find him.
He wasn’t allowed food, water, or any sort of medical care and was interrogated, beaten and humiliated on many occasions. While Louie was transferred between many POW camps, most of his time was spent under Corporal Mutsuhiro “the Bird” Watanabe. The Bird was Louie’s worst tormentor. He deprived the prisoners of food and even made them lay face down in human excrement. However, even with all of the dehumanizing events, Louie’s spirit remained unbroken.
In this example, Louie’s morale was boosted by Phil’s confidence in him: “I’m glad it was you, Zamp” (132). Phil portrayed that out of all the crewman on the plane, Zamperini became the man that Phil wanted as a partner on the raft which they now depend on for survival. At this point in the story, Hillenbrand revealed Louie’s resilience when confronted with Mac’s untrustworthy act: “The realization that Mac had eaten all of the chocolate rolled hard over Louie... The crash had undone him. Louie knew that they couldn’t survive for long without food, but he quelled the thought” (138).
This book reminded me of many others stories of POWs and people in Nazi Concentration Camps. There was one story I read called “Making Bombs for Hitler” about a Ukrainian girl who is taken to a concentration camp. The Nazis thought there was no such place as Ukraine, so they gave her the least amount of food like the Russian prisoners, which was nothing compared to the meat, potatoes, and carrot soup with pudding that the Germans got. Louie Zamperini similarly got less food than other POWs since he was sent to a camp that was not classified as a POW camp, allowing the Japanese to treat him in any way they wanted because he had none of the rights that a normal POW would have. Unbroken also reminded me of a book called “Into the Killing Seas” about 3 boys during WWII, Benny, Patrick, and Teddy, who are on the USS Indianapolis when it is hit by a Japanese torpedo.
Topic 1 The biography, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand was about the life of Louis and what troubles he faced while being kept as a POW in the Japanese camps during World War II. Louis and the other POWs faced horrendous conditions and were neglected throughout their time at the camps. There were strict rules placed on the captives but many of them found ways to break them. The POW camps served many purposes for the Japanese, but the conditions that the POWs faced at these camps were extremely severe.
Louie and Phillips were spared from death, but were sent to another POW camp, Ofuna. At Ofuna, their food rations were cut, they were beaten for no reason and faced one of the most violent and sadistic Japanese guards, known as the Quack. The Quack beat the POW’s unconcious and gave them impossible tasks that resulted in more beatings. From Ofuna, Louie was sent to another POW camp, Omori. While at Omori, Louie was forced to work and faced the most brutal and sadistic POW guard.
Louie started as a young trouble boy, who then became into a man who was an airman during World War 2. During his POW experience many challenges came in the way, one of them being Mutsuhiro Watanabe also known as the Bird. The Bird was a Japanese corporal who ended up in the Omori Camp. During Louie’s experience at Omori with the Bird became his worst challenge and enemy since the Bird wanted to make Louie’s life a nightmare. The Bird tortured Louie for different reasons but that it never broke Louie.
On May 27, 1943 Louis Zamperini and his crew of eleven other soliders we participating in a search for a lost plane over the Pacific when their plane suddenly malfunctioned and crashed into the sea. Zamperini was an Olympic long-distance runner and bombardier who survived a terrible plane crash, spent weeks afloat on a fragile raft in shark infested waters, and spent two years in Japanese prisoner of war camps. In a nonfiction book, Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand writes about Louie Zamperini and his will to survive which is stronger than that of an average person, enabling him to survive several seemingly unsurvivable situations. Hillenbrand is an author of American books and articles.
His plane, The Green Hornet, crashed while on a search mission to find a downed crew surviving for 46 days on a raft, he and another pilot were discovered by Japanese. Then and there, Louie’s journey with excruciating lows and euphoric highs, had begun. In the novel, Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand uses Louie’s traumatizing experiences to convey that if one taps into their resilience, they can survive anything. Louie had to tap into his resilience to survive during internment.
These small, simple quotes may not have everything, but it definitely pushed Louie to try his best and never give up. From the running to the quotes, this novel comes together and makes an amazing biography. The author used wonderful descriptive words to have pictures be drawn into the reader's’ mind and also she had used figurative language to also help with comparing such things like planes and bodies of water. The author created a mind blowing piece on the life of Louie Zamperini and it is definitely a book that is recommended to
Morgan Cook Unbroken Book Review 1/16/18 Mrs. Campbell Honors Literature PD 1 “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand was published in 2010. From the first chapter i was hooked. Hillenbrand’s imagery and style caught my eye and pulled me into Louie’s story with no hesitation. I absolutely loved Hillenbrand’s structure in this book and it was much better than others i have read.
Louie Zamperini and Commander John Fitzgerald show strength and resolution in the face of adversity. For example, when Louie’s plane crashed and the men were on the raft, Laura Hillenbrand wrote, “Louie was determined to keep himself and the others lucid”(114). During their journey on the rafts, Louie tried to keep Phil, Mac and himself hopeful in a seemingly hopeless situation. He tried to distract them from hunger and troubling thoughts by singing songs and talking about comforting memories of the past. Commander John Fitzgerald demonstrated his fortitude in Ofuna.
Hillenbrand spared no detail, which really allowed the reader to realize just how awful the situations could be. I respect both the amount of work she put forth in creating the biography and the degree of care with which she handled the information. The story of Louie Zampernini will encourage young people to persevere, no matter their circumstances, and it will assist many people in realizing exactly how easy their lives are as compared to someone who has lived through horrific events such as the Japanese camps. I do hope that this biography will inspire others in much the same way as it has inspired me - it has encouraged me to work hard and to never give
During World War II, invisibility was more than just not being seen. Soldier or civilian, they were both made invisible literally and figuratively; most times even both. In the book, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, we are introduced to Louie Zamperini, an Olympic runner who is drafted into World War II. On a rescue mission, the plane he works on runs out of fuel and the engines malfunction, causing the plane to crash in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Three survive the crash, including Louie.
This quote from the novel demonstrates how Louie struggles to preserve his dignity. During the war, Louie faced harsh times where he had psychological wounds from getting beat by the Japanese. Being captives and a POW (Prisoner of War), Louie learned how to cope with being treated as a subhuman or trash. By using small acts of resistance against the guards and rebelling, like stealing anything he can find mostly food, mocking the guards behind their back, and trying to escape showing them he was still not scared. Those acts tested/reclaimed what little dignity he had left from what the guards tried to take (Florman