The novel Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand stands as a biography that captures the real-life experiences of Louie Zamperini, a man who went from living as a troubled boy, to an impeccable runner, and then into a United States soldier. This novel defines the definition of survival. Not only has it sold millions of copies, but is read in many high schools across the world, and became a huge major motion picture. In the book, there is a character who is very close to Louie named Allen Russell Phillips, or better now as Phil. From the beginning of the story and until the end, Phil has changed dramatically. Furthermore, one of the main symbols shown was sharks. Additionally, one of the themes displayed was survival and resilience. In this paper, the
In the game of life, sometimes people are dealt a deck of cards that start off great but end up awful. Before anyone realizes it the first part of their life is over. Then there comes a choice “what next?” “Lou Holtz once said, ‘How you response to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser.’” In the book Bleachers, the main character Neely Crenshaw is dealt a deck of cards much like that. After Neely takes one hit after another, he does not know what to do until he finds himself back in his hometown for his old coach’s funeral.
Most people are separated by their differences, however, everyone eventually realizes that they aren’t all that different. In the beginning of the novel When Zachary Beaver Came to Town, the protagonist, Toby and a body named Zachary, a six hundred pound boy who just moved to Toby’s town, are not big fans of each other. Toby and Zachary cannot seem to find anything in common, and they disagree on just about everything. However, this was until they discovered that their differences were actually what brought them closer, and they had more similarities than they had thought. Kimberly Willis Holt shows how Toby and Zachary have evolved as characters by learning from their past mistakes and
In the book Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson, the main character in the book is Tyler Miller. The other main characters are Hannah which is his sister, Bethany Milbury, Yoda, and chip. One of the worse decisions he made is painting the school because that gave him a bad reputation. The other bad decision he made was when he didn 't do what Bethany wanted him to do so that was a bad decision because she made a whole lot of drama about it, and made him feel bad and was very rude about everything. He should have just did it and it wouldn 't have been his fault he may have felt bad but he wouldn 't have gotten the cops called because she gets passed around a lot so its not his fault at all I honestly think that everything that happened was all
In the book, Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich, the reader becomes emotionally involved with the lives all of the characters. The audience gets pulled into the dangerous life of card counting and learns about each character along the way. The main character, Kevin Lewis, stands out among the rest of the characters in the book due to his conflicting desires. It is apparent that Kevin struggles to find a balance between his responsibilities in the real world and a fantasy life in Vegas. He is in a constant battle between personal gain and the yearning for his father 's approval.
In the book Renegades by Marissa Meyer, many things happen throughout the book that many will find interesting. This story follows two main characters, Adrian Everhart and Nova Artino/Mclain. In this world, there are these people who are prodigies with superpowers that they either inherit or are born with. There is also a Council that is made of the best superheroes or Renegades, all around the city that this book takes place in and the son of the top two Council members is Adrian Everhart with their leadership skills and the ability to make whatever he draws come to life. There are also villains in this world of heroes called the Anarchists and within these villains is the niece of the formerly ruler of Gatlon City during the Age of Anarchy. Nova and the other Anarchists hate the Renegades so they suggest Nova to join them to destroy them from within. But while she is among the Renegades she meets Adrian and others and her mission may be persuaded in the other direction.
In the book, Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer writes of his personal experience to add more to Chris McCandless’ story and to the readers understanding of his character. After Krakauer had written the article on Chris, many people had believed that Chris was a suicidal kid who wanted to rebel against the world and his parents. Krakauer, however, did not believe that this was the case because at one time he and Chris had similar characteristics and dreams, “As a youth, I am told, I was willful, self-absorbed, intermittently reckless, and moody. I disappointed my father in the usual ways. Like Chris McCandless, figures of male authority aroused in me a confusing melody of corked fury and hunger to please.” (Page 134, paragraph 3) Regarding this, Chris and Krakauer were very similar people when they had decided to
How is it that an entire society can envision their future in freedom when one girl can’t? Chains, Laurie Halse Anderson’s award winning book is a compelling historical fiction story that will show instead of tell you the tear jerking truth about slavery, whilst keeping you at the edge of your seat wanting to continue on your literary journey with every page awaiting your arrival. Because she’s gullible, and superstitious Isabel’s negative characteristics are obstacles in the path of her finding her freedom. Despite these flaws her resilience is able to help her win against slavery.
In the novel Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers, the main character is Richie Perry. At seventeen he graduated high school in Harlem, and he wanted to go to college, but his mother couldn’t afford to send him to college since she was an alcoholic. So he joined the army to escape his unfortunate future, but joining the army meant he had to leave his little brother Kenny, who saw him as a father figure since their father left when they were younger. Perry was sent to Vietnam and through his journey, he made lifelong bonds with many different people such as PeeWee, Monaco, and etc. Also in his journey, he suffers from mental and physical wounds. In the end of the book he was completely changed, he has lost his innocence, his sense of normalcy and morality, their hope, and his faith, and the
In When the Legends Die by Hal Borland the main character, Tom, has shown resentment and hate for most authority figures he has come across. There are different reasons for this including that they’ve lied to him, trapped him, and caused him to damage his pride. After all this he likely feels there’s almost no end to the ways they can harm him, some examples being making him do things that are morally incorrect and making him do things that could cause him long term injury.
“You should learn from your competitor, but never copy.”-Jack Ma. In The Wednesday Wars, by Gary D. Schmidt, the lead character, Holling Hoodhood has a dad who’s constantly agitated and distressed about his job. If you do one little thing that could mess up his business, it could affect the descendants after him. Holling’s dad finally has a chance to have his verge of happiness. He found the one thing that can make his life immaculate. Holling recently drew a picture of his dad’s design for the new school; which could promote his business. Holling went out with a girl named Meryl Lee, and her dad was in emulation to promote his business as well. Holling gave her the drawing and then later on, Meryl Lee gave
In the book The “Westing Game” by Ellen Raskin. A guy named Samuel Westing died and, the heirs are paired. They are trying to figure out who murdered him.
In the year 1778 the new and improved “Articles of Confederation” is ratified by eight states; New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and South Carolina. Rhode Island General Assembly authorizes enlistment of slaves in the Continental Army; British Redcoats evacuate Philadelphia while Washington’s troops leave Valley Forge. The Liberty Bell comes home to Philadelphia, although not rehung for 7 years due to a rotted steeple, and Mary Ludwig Hayes, better known as “Molly Pitcher” is aiding American patriots: Battle of Monmouth, although not in the year 1778, made her famous. In this same year, the month of November, Eunice Hawley, “mover and definitely not a Shaker”, is born to parents Elijah and Mercy Hawley in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Eunice Hawley will be the middle child of the Mercy and Elijah Hawley’s eight children.
As Helen Keller once quoted, “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken tells the life story of Louis “Louie” Zamperini. Through his troubles as a child, emerged a strong-willed Olympic runner, who later became a military aviator. He was lost at sea and then captured by the Japanese as a prisoner of war. He endured years of abuse and suffering but still managed to stay true to who he was. By showing how Louis Zamperini suffers as a prisoner of war and his struggles after returning home, readers are able to see how faith can completely transform someone.
In order to absolutely understand a character, one must spend an arduous amount of time studying it, as there is always more than what meets the eye. Humans are the same quantity of transparent as they are complex, which makes a character with an intricate backstory and personality much more alluring than one that complies to stereotypes. The novel “Dead Ends” by Erin Lange delves into the lives of Billy D, a tough yet tender freshmen with down's syndrome, and Dane Washington, the kind hearted resident bully. This extraordinary novel finds the way to blend humor, friendship and pain, blurring the lines in what the audience believes is someone “bad” and someone “good”. The type of characters our society has learned to hate are the ones to love